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Couple of Lobi figures (N° 21958)
Ex-Belgian tribal art collection.
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Lobi African art. Figurative African sculptures with many delicately rendered details. This type of statuette 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.
Abrasions of use, velvety matte patina.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, many births; Ignored, they withdraw it and lead to devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
These spirits transmit to the soothsayers the laws that followers must follow to receive 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). These figurines are placed on the tombs, in a dark corner of the owners' house, with many other sculptures embodying other spirits because a large number of them are needed to face the many threats of the rural world of West Africa. the West.
Source: "Sculptures of the Three Voltas" Massa and Lauret .
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