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Lobi artist, Burkina Faso
Gift of Bobbi and Tim Hamill in honor of Peter Timms, FAM Director 1973-2012, 2012.8
Altar vessels contain the offerings that help people communicate with the spiritual forces honored with shrines in Lobi homes. The rows of pointed knobs that ‘wrap’ the pot symbolize protection against witchcraft, misfortune, and illness; provide supernatural protection during initiation; and promote having many children and good crops.