• Size: approx 13" wide x 15" high
• Condition: handmade and may vary slightly form the photo
• Origin: Haiti
Kafou (Kalfu and other spellings): Controls the crossroads, controls the evil forces of the spirit world. Kafou controls the in-between points of the crossroads, the off-center points, controls the malevolent spirits of the night. He is the grand master of charms and sorceries and is closely associated with black magic.
Veves of Loa (Symbol of the Spirit).
In Vodoun (Voodoo) practice, Veves are intricate symbols of the Loas (gods/spirits), and are used in rituals. They are similar to the sigils used in ritual magic. Each Loa has his or her own complex veve, which is traced on the ground with powdered eggshell or a similar substance prior to a ritual. The ability to draw a Veve correctly is considered to be a particular skill of the initiate.
Haitian Oil Drum Art
Steel oil drum art from Haiti can be beautiful, whimsical, religious and highly decorative. It's made of recycled material. The Haitian artist begins with a 55 gallon steel oil barrel which they split open and flatten out as a large a sheet of canvas. The artist first sketches out the design with chalk then cuts the steel using only a hammer and a nail. The round sculptures are made from the lid or bottom of a 55 gallon barrel. Each sculpture is signed by the artist. These sculptures are great indoor or out. When used outdoors the finish will begin to rust slowly and naturally. If you want to maintain the original look spray the piece with clear varnish.