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Figure Lobi in black iron (N° 17826)
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name one-fifth of Burkina Faso's population. Few in Ghana, they also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th 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 address through the worship of many intermediate spirits, the Thil, the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the sooth, from a host of plagues. Bush geniuses, red-haired beings called Kontuor , are also expected to help them. To communicate with men, the different Thils ask for sculptures of bateba in order to be incarnated. Various sacred altars are erected around the lobi houses. The sanctuary of the family home is called the Thildu , where tribal sculptures of wood, iron or brass, statues of ancestors and batebas are grouped together. Summary strokes for this anthropomorphic figure in black iron, minimalist design, 41 cm high. Crusty spotted patina.
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