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Lobi couple (N° 21639)
Couple depicted standing. The graceful elongation of the neck contrasts with the full busts of these naked figures, simply adorned with jewelry.
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Khaki brown patina.
Flat bases: 8/8 cm.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name "Lobi", make up one fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. They are not very numerous in Ghana, but have also settled in the north of the Ivory Coast. It was at the end of the eighteenth century that the Lobi , coming from northern 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 turn through the worship of numerous intermediate spirits, the Thil, the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host of plagues. Geniuses of the bush, red-haired beings called Kontuor , are moreover supposed to come to their aid. To communicate with men, the various Thils demand sculptures of bateba in order to incarnate in them. Various sacred altars are erected around the Lobi houses. The family home shrine is called the Thildu, where tribal carvings of wood, iron or brass, statues of ancestors and batebas are grouped.
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