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Lobi Slingshot (N° 18052)
French African art collection.
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The figurative motif of this sculpted object is supposed to contain, according to the Lobi, the "khélé", a power present in every human being. Glossy golden 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 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, 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 themselves through the cult of numerous intermediary spirits, the Thil, the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a myriad of plagues.
Lit. : "Sculptures of the Three Voltas" Massa and Lauret.
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