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Lobi Forged Iron Snake Shrine Object Africa Miniature Africa

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Title Lobi Forged Iron Snake Shrine Object Africa Miniature Africa
Type of Object Ritual object
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Lobi
Materials forged iron
Approximate Age Unknown
Dimensions 6 inches long, 3.25 inches high, 2.25 inches wide.
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Rusted surface

Additional Information:: The Lobi live as farmers and spend much time in their fields. There they encounter numerous serpents, including the Bitis viper and the Boa Constructor. To protect them from the dangers that the snakes represent forged iron snakes were either worn on their person or placed on personal altars. In addition to larger examples such as this serpent that probably served as an altar object, women will attach smaller sinuous, flat-modeled images of serpents to the sides of their legs just above the ankle reaching up the leg close to the knee. Generally placed on the outer side of the leg they may often be on the inside of the leg or both sides as well. The bodies will be displayed with a sinuous set of curves as though the snakes were moving through the grass. The heads are simply defined as a triangular shape with the mouth possibly noted with a thin line beaten into the side of the face. The tails are depicted by a tapering form.

Recommended Reading: 

Meyer, P. “Kunst und Religion der Lobi”. 1981. (p. 164, Ill.221).

Blandin, A. “Fer noire”. 1992. (p. 119-124 with illustrations).