Since the Lobi people do not have specialized carvers to create their figures, they may come in many shapes and sizes. The shape and size is also dependent on the intended purpose of the figure. This particular statue measures 24 inches including the custom base, and weighs 6.5 pounds. There is some cracking, imperfections and wear and tear throughout the piece. Please inspect photos carefully.
Crudely Carved Lobi Statue 24″ – Burkina Faso – African Art
1 in stock
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23.5" figure | 24" on base
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
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.