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Large Maternity Lobi (N° 8541)

Ex collection French African art.

A woman kneeling with her hands resting on her thighs, looks at the horizon. Its features are both simple and realistic, typical of lobi statuary. The patina is raw, leaving visible the multitude of wood rings still testifying to the desication to which it was subjected. Fertility, one of the central themes of African cultures, is addressed in this piece as evidenced by the volume of this pregnant woman's belly and chest.

Lobi communities are organized around nature spirits. When honoured, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of heavy rains, good health, numerous births. Ignored, they remove it and lead to devastating epidemics, drought and suffering. These figurines are placed on the tombs, in a dark corner of the owners' house, with many other sculptures embodying other spirits as it takes many to face the many threats of the rural world of West Africa.  

 


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OriginEx collection française
EthnyLobi
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height cm105
Width45 cm
Weight37.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1950

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