This slingshot was crated in the style of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Slingshots are used throughout the continent to deter pests, hunt and for fun. This piece comes attached to a custom base for easy display and measures 7.5 inches tall and weighs 0.5 pounds. This piece would make an excellent addition to any collection.
Lobi Figural Slingshot 7.5″ – Burkina Faso – African Art
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Good condition with normal wear
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.