LOBI FIGURES, Burkina Faso

The figures below have been vetted as being authentic with significant signs of use and age.

LOBI
Figure 6
24.5" high
$2500 

GURUNSI
Staff 3
27" high
$2000 


 

LOBI?
Figure 104
10.75" high
$600

LOBI
Figure 105
10" high
$600

LOBI
Figure 106
11.75" high
$800

LOBI
Figure 107
12.5" high
$800

 LOBI
Figure 108
12.5" high
$800

 LOBI
Figure 109
9.5" high
$600

 

The figures below have been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.


 

LOBI
Figure 116
12.5" high
$1200

 

LOBI
Figure, 25
10.5"
$1000

 

LOBI
Figure 24
11"
$800 

LOBI
Figure 112
19" high
$800

 

LOBI
Figure 59
12.5"
$800

LOBI
Figure 94
10.5"
$800

LOBI
Figure 111
27.5" high
$600

LOBI
Figure 114 
16" high
$600

LOBI
Figure 119
9.75" high
$400

LOBI
Couple 7
5.75" high
$300

The figures below have been vetted as being authentic.


 

LOBI
Figure 123
29.5" high
$600 

 

 LOBI
Figure 124
21.5" high
$400


 

 LOBI
Figure 128
19.25" high
$400

LOBI
Figure 129
16" high
$300



LOBI
Couple 1
16" high
$300

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

LOBI FIGURES, Burkina Faso

Lobi Figures are the enigmatic, brooding sculpture that protect the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Most are frontal, symmetrical and timeless sentinels expressing the traditional beliefs of the Lobi. Several 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. Most were frontal and symmetrical, but some have unusually animated gestures.

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