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Iron Lobi (N° 23679)

The Lobi have a great variety of protective wrought iron sculptures, frequently taking the form of snakes. This specimen, which was planted in the ground, is distinguished by the silhouette of an antelope's head surmounting the undulations. Old ocher brown 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 number 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, established themselves 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, whom they address through the worship of many intermediary spirits, the Thil, these the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host of plagues. Various sacred altars are erected around the Lobi houses. The sanctuary of the family house is called the Thildu, where are grouped the tribal sculptures of wood, iron or brass, the statues of ancestors and batebas.  


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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Height cm45
Width11 cm
Weight0.62 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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