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Le Loa fetro

1947
20th century
64.8 cm x 50 cm (25 1/2 in. x 19 11/16 in.)

Wifredo Lam (Sagua la Grande, Cuba, 1902 - 1982, Paris) Primary
Wifredo Lam (Sagua la Grande, Cuba, 1902 - 1982, Paris) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Cuban
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Alvin and Ethel Romansky, 1977
Accession Number: 1982.544

The work Le loa fetro [The Fetro Deity] (circa 1947) makes clear reference to Afro-Cuban spiritual practices pertaining specifically to Haitian Vodou, in which “loa” is the term for deity. The central figure displays both animal and human features, namely the mane and long, curved neck of a horse, along with human genitalia. This composite figure references the surrealist symbol of transformation: the minotaur. It also evokes the Afro-Cuban belief in deities taking possession of devotees by “mounting” them as a way of delivering spiritual experience.

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