Standing Figure - Lobi People, Burkina Faso (Please Call for Pricing)
Title: Standing Figure
Country: Burkina Faso
Description: The 250,000 Lobi are divided among Ghana,
Ivory Coast & Burkina Faso. Each household leader or Cuor
is subordinate to a thila, an invisible protective spirit who
communicates through the intermediary of diviners. It is
the thila who dictates taboos & who requires the creation
of a new wooden figure for the village or household shrine.
Lobi sculpture was only discovered in the 1950's. The Lobi
do not use masks but create figures called bateba & heads
sculpted on top of a post planted in the ground. These
figures, are beings that are somewhere between spirits &
people & may represent the dead or bush spirits. Heads
surround the shrines of sacred huts & the bateba belongs to
the thila & carries out their orders to defend the territory
against evil & to protect their owners from harm.
This superb figure represents Lobi sculpture at its finest. It
has a stately bearing and a beautifully encrusted patina from
repeated offerings. Included is a custom-built metal stand.
Figure dimensions: 28" height x 5" width x 5" depth
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