|Ethnic group / culture:||Lobi|
|Region/ country:||Burkina Faso|
|Period:||Mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Fair condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
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Lobi Figures are the enigmatic, brooding sculpture that protect the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Symmetrical and timeless sentinels expressing the traditional beliefs of the Lobi. Several, such as these triple figures, depart from the norm with animated gestures, asymmetry or a great degree of symbolic abstraction.
Figures like these were placed on family altars in the thilda, a small sacristy or room in each dwelling. 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.
Fair condition with clear traces of wear and tear and a great patina of age. The figures has clearly lived well.
Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.