The Lobi have a great diversity of African sculptures in wrought iron, for protective purposes. This is a figure with a very stylized silhouette. Ocher brown grainy patina.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped together under the name "lobi", form a fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in number in Ghana, they have also settled in the north of Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, coming from North Ghana, established themselves 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, whom they address through the worship of many intermediary spirits, the Thil, these the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host of plagues. Various sacred altars are erected around the Lobi houses. The sanctuary of the family house is called the Thildu, where are grouped the tribal sculptures of wood, iron or brass, the statues of ancestors and batebas.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyLobi
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)fer noir
Height cm32
Depth36 cm
Width6 cm
Weight1.13 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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