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Lobi statue (N° 23010)

Female figure represented naked, and whose specificities seem to indicate that she was associated with fertility. This type of sculpture was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active, intermediary being who fights against sorcerers and all other harmful forces. br> Minimal cracks. Grainy matte patina.
When honored, these spirits would manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, many births. These spirits are supposed, among the Lobi, to transmit to the soothsayers the laws to follow in order to benefit from their protection.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt different attitudes that symbolize the particular power or talent that the spirit uses to protect its owners).
Source: "Sculptures of the Three Voltas" Massa and Lauret .
 

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyLobi
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height cm37
Width11 cm
Weight1.62 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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