This statue was carved in the style of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. The statue features a female figure holding her protruding belly, possibly implying she is pregnant. The figure measures 26.5 inches tall and weighs 9 pounds. The statue has quite a few cracks but is stable. There is also some scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
Lobi Pregnant Female Statue 26.5″ – Burkina Faso – African Art
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Many large cracks. 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.