LOBI ART, Burkina Faso

 

LOBI
Couples

 LOBI
Vessels

  

LOBI
Heads



LOBI
Bells


 

LOBI
Couples


 

LOBI
Figures
Catalog

 

LOBI
Figures
Catalog

LOBI
Figures
Catalog

LOBI
Snake
Currency


 

LOBI
Dagari
Figures



LOBI
Flutes
Catalog

 

LOBI
Snake
Currency 2

 

LOBI
Snake
Currency 2

 

LOBI
Dagari
Figures


LOBI
Staffs
 

LOBI
Staffs

 

LOBI
Door 1

 

LOBI
Axes


LOBI
Dagari Stools

LOBI
Bird 1

 

LOBI
Figures 2

 

LOBI
Figures 2
 


LOBI
Stools

 LOBI
Vessels

LOBI
Stools

Photographs © Tim Hamill

Lobi Figures are the enigmatic, brooding sculpture that protect the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Ranging in size from 7 - 47" high, most are frontal, symmetrical and timeless sentinels expressing the traditional beliefs of the Lobi. Several, such as these couple figures, depart from the norm with animated gestures, asymmetry or a great degree of symbolic abstraction.


The figures were placed on family altars in the thilda, a small sacristy or room in each dwelling. Each figure was not a representation but an actual spirit, or tibil thil. It protected the family and home from illness and other misfortunes. The spirit could also be used for divination; it could demand offerings and additions of other figures. The accumulation of statues on a family altar gave social status and were passed on from father to son. The collection we have on exhibit is large and varied. Most were frontal and symmetrical, but some have unusually animated gestures.

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