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Lobi Funeral Bed (N° 14912)
Very beautiful element of African furniture, this old bed or bench for funeral rituals presents an exceptional glossy honey patina. A bird's head, a beak ajar, adorns the end with a neck rest. Four massive feet support the plateau of the layer to which erosion has conferred an appearance of sinuousness.
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The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name " lobi ", make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in Ghana, they have also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, from North Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu , to whom they address through the worship of many intermediate spirits, the Thil , the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the soothsayer, against a host of plagues. Bush geniuses, red-haired beings called Kontuor, are also supposed to help them. To communicate with men, the different Thils ask for bateba sculptures in order to be incarnated. Various sacred altars are erected around the Lobi houses. The sanctuary of the family home is called the Thildu, where tribal sculptures of wood, iron or brass, statues of ancestors, sacred pottery and batebas are grouped.
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