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Lobi mask (N° 22214)
This African Lobi mask, angular, in black iron, illustrates the inflexible character of the warrior. Within slight bulges, the eyes, nostrils and mouth have been nicked. An anthropomorphic, minimalist figure rises at the top. The metal has acquired a grainy rusty patina.
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The populations of the same cultural region, grouped together under the denomination " 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. 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. From
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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