Lobi Statue of Mother with Children 28″- Burkina Faso – African Art


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This statue was created in the style of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. The statue features a female figure with one male and one female child sitting on her lap. The statue is 28 inches tall and weighs 11 pounds. Her right breast is chipped, along with the front of her coiffure. Some cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso




Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

11 lbs

Overall Condition

Wear and tear throughout. Chips on ear, missing tip of breast

Tribe Information

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.


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