Shrine Figure


About this object

Lobi society and religion was not centralized and houses were customarily constructed with their own ‘shrine room’ furnished with wooden shrine figures and other items. The shrine figures were dedicated to ancestral deities of the land and the family compound, and were petitioned to help block witchcraft and disease causing agents from entering the compound.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ghana
  • Date made
    1965 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery 43, 1965
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1965 before
  • Measurements
    575 mm; 22 5/8 in
  • Note
    Stockbook: Carved male figure (Lobi). Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1965 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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