Lobi figure with container (Front view)
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Item : Lobi figure with container, Picture : Front view (approx. 18 Kbytes)


This little sculpture, carrying a heavy container, is certainly the representation of a great female ancestor of the lineage. This figure, carried out with great care, drawing attention to the details, had the function to protect against wizards and to keep the curses away. It was placed on the family altar of the protective ancestors. It had also a role of receptacle to communicate with the invisible and protective spirits (thil), and with ancestors of the familial lineage.

Object #5211

Origin :

Burkina Faso

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Lobi

Material :

Wood with red-brownish patina, traces of sacrificial materials

Size :

H = 11.2 inches

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