LOBI HEAD 80

Photographs © Tim Hamill

LOBI HEAD 80
12" high x 2.75" wide
$ 200

Despite its traditional form and appearance, this head shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.



Lobi figures were placed on family altars in the thilda, a small sacristy or room in each dwelling. Each figure was not a representation but an actual spirit, or tibil thil. It protected the family and home from illness and other misfortunes. The spirit could also be used for divination; it could demand offerings and additions of other figures. Rarely, a head is used similarly to the figures. The accumulation of statues on a family altar gave social status and were passed on from father to son.

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