Uniquely Carved Lobi Statue 42.5″ – Burkina Faso – African Art

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This statue was carved in the style of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. The statue features a female figure attached to a custom base for easy display. She measures 42 inches tall, 42.5 inches including custom base, and weighs 23.5 pounds. There is some cracking and damage around the feet and wear and tear throughout the piece – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso

Ethnicity

Lobi

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

42" statue | 42.5" including base

Width (Inches)

8.5"

Depth (Inches)

8"

Weight (Pounds)

23.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracking and damage around feet. Wear and tear throughout

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.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.