LOBI FIGURES 2

LOBI
Figure 33
30" high
$600
 

 

LOBI
Figure 34
30" high
$500

 

LOBI
Figure 35
27.5" high
$500

 

LOBI
Figure 36
28" high
$500

LOBI
Figure 95
17" high
$450
 

 

LOBI
Figure 52
18" high
$500

 

LOBI
Figure 90
25" high
$400

 

LOBI
Figure 43
22.5" high
$350

 

LOBI
Figure 50
18.5" high
$350

LOBI
Figure 87
22.5" high
$350
 

  

LOBI
Figure 55
16.5" high
$300

 

LOBI
Figure 69
19" high
$250

LOBI
Figure 57
15" high
$250

LOBI
Figure 74
7.25" high
$100
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

LOBI FIGURES 2, Burkina Faso

Despite their appearance, these Lobi figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

For Lobi figures vetted as authentic, please go to LOBI FIGURES PAGE.

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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