African Woods: collection
   
 
 
 
  Lobi Bateba 36cm high
Bought from ChristopherGange, Marlborough in 1996.
 
 

This is a carving of a man transformed into a dog, standing like a dog with a dog’s head.
The dog as a killer is thought by the Lobi to be heroic and as such is considered an animal fit for sacrifice.
These zoomorphic figures are placed in a specially built sanctuary, a room within the Lobi house.
In the Lobi world of spirits a special role is reserved for sacred animals.

 
 
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