Africa

Lobi snake

Burkina Faso

Snake-shaped altar piece / currency

Iron
20th century
Height: 25 ¼ in. (64.5 cm)

Price: on request

Western Africa
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Among the Lobi, these snake currencies are altar objects. The shape and style of such snake figures are not related to their protective function but rather depend on the instructions of the soothsayer and the work of the blacksmith.