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Coll. Musée du Quai Branly - Photo B. Hatala
Coll. Musée du Quai Branly - Photo B. Hatala

The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris owns a rich collection of Danhomè objects. These came from donations made by French colonial civil servants and administrators or from ethnological missions. Many of the objects are part of the spoils of war brought back to France by General Dodds, commander of the French colonial army which fought king Gbêhanzin.

The collection contains material, assins, recades (ceremonial staffs), royal stools, jewellery, ritual statuettes, hangings, divination trays, etc. whose craftsmanship is easily recognizable. In a 1985 study, Rachida de Souza indexed 1,319 Danhomè objects. It is one of the oldest collections.

Leading European and American museums of ethnography or African art in most cases contain objects of Danhomè in their collections.

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