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Three Antique African Amulet Figures Lobi People Ivory Coast & Songye People Congo

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Collection No. Three Antique African Amulet Figures
Size L-R 9.5cm 18.5cm & 13.5cm
Three Antique African Amulet Figures
New Guinea Oceanic Art
New Guinea & Oceanic Art
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Three Antique African Amulet Figures; two from the Lobi People of the Ivory Coast & Songye People from the Congo

These three small African Amulet Figures are small-scale artworks but BIG in sculptural beauty, each figure was selected by me because of their aesthetics and age. The two amulet figures on either end are from the Lobi People called bateba phuwe and are from Ivory Coast or Burkina Faso both West African Countries, Lobi artists are renowned for their realistic figures; the one on the far left has a large navel poking out and has a beautiful old patina from long handling.  The other Lobi Amulet on the far right, is a male figure in classic Lobi style, and it also has a beautiful old patina from long use.

The middle figure is from the Songye people, sometimes written Songe, who are a Bantu ethnic group from the central Democratic Republic of the Congo. The people of Songye believe in a supreme being Ele-ife, however, he is not praised as much as ancestral spirits. Ancestral worship is very prevalent within Songye culture, it is believed that the spirit of their ancestors is more accessible to them due to their shared experience of being alive, as a result of this, these spirits have a connection to both the land of the living and the dead and can enact their will on the community via ancestral images like this little figure

I bought these little African Figures because of their aesthetics and age and I wanted to see how they looked displayed with my small Oceanic Artworks, they all look amazing together. There is something very special about small-scale artworks when grouped they become something more, a family of small artworks, a collection,

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of African & Oceanic Art 

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