Seated Female Figure -  Lobi People, Burkina Faso
Seated Female Figure -  Lobi People, Burkina Faso
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Seated Female Figure - Lobi People, Burkina Faso

$1,000.00 Reg. Price $1,500.00   You Save $500.00
Unusual and larger seated figure of a female and is on sale due to its weathered condition.
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, beings that are somewhere between spirits and 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.

Dimensions: 23 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W x 1 1/2" D Dimensions on custom stand: 8" H x 2" W x 8 1/8" D

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