Sculpture of the god Gou by Akati Ekplékendo
Akati Ekplékendo, Fon people, Benin, Abomey 1858. Iron, wood, H. 165 cm, donation from Captain E. Fonssagrives, inv.71.1894.32.1 © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Hughes Dubois
Among the Fon, Gou was the god of war and metal. This sculpture is attributed to Akati Ekplekendo, who produced it before 1858, in the early years of the reign of king Glele. The statue was exhibited at the musée d'Ethnographie du Trocadéro after the Palace of Abomey was taken by French troops in 1894.