Lobi Figure #1, Burkina Faso
Lobi Figure #1, Burkina Faso
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Lobi Figure #1, Burkina Faso

$3,600.00
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 and 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 and heads sculpted on top of a post planted in the ground. These figures, are beings that are somewhere between spirits and people and may represent the dead or bush spirits. Heads surround the shrines of sacred huts and the bateba belongs to the thila and carries out their orders to defend the territory against evil and to protect their owners from harm.

Dimensions: 24" high by 3" wide by 4" deep

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