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Lobi altar head-spin (N° 17894)

This remarkable Lobi head is supposed to contain the 'khélé', a power present in every human being and which, following the death of an individual or animal, must be controlled so as not to harm. The valiant warriors and hunters joined the cult of the Milkuur in order to charge their strengths in a thil named Milkuur , embodied by the head that will be tuwn in the altar outside the dwellings, forming a supernatural being supposed to protect them from any danger. The top of this rare piece offers grainy libatory residues mixed with chick down and vegetable fibers. The neck is satiny, the wood eroded.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name lobi, make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. 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 soothsayer, from a host of plagues.
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OriginCollection française G.
EthnyLobi
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height33
Width10
Weight2.34 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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