These slingshots were created in the style of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. They measure between 8-9 inches tall and weigh 2 pounds altogether. They come attached to custom bases. These pieces have imperfections such as cracking, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.
5 Piece Wood-Carved Lobi Slingshots on Bases 8″-9″ – Burkina Faso
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Cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.
About the Lobi People
“The various tribes living in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper-Volta), Ghana and Togo cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the northern savannah regions. Their religious activities are dictated by the rhythm of the seasons – during the dry season in particular, when the fields are fallow, large festivals and ceremonies are organized.
The Lobi people number 250,000 and live across Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Ghana. They revere spirits known as Thil. Shrines are built to these spirits under the instruction of a sorcerer and placed either on the roof or inside the home and are filled with objects such as vessels, abstract iron figures, and stone and wood figures known as Bateba, which are believed to embody the Thil spirits.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.