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Lobi figure
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Female statuette whose tip of the chin rests on the bust. The oval head offers large, flat strokes. The straight back reveals an arched buttocks and a slightly protruding abdomen on which the hands rest. The joined, stocky legs disappear into a circular base. The vigorous size, clearing the main planes, is representative of Lobi sculpture. Matte patina imprinted with probably libation residues.
Desication cracks.
This Bateba figure is supposed to embody a spirit of the bush, the Thil, and thus become an intermediary in the fight against sorcerers and all other evil forces. These spirits are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt different attitudes that symbolize the particular power or talent that the ...


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Statue of ancestor Lobi
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This Lobi statue depicting a bateba or lineage ancestor has a severe face marked with scarifications at the corners of the eyes and a labret on the lower lip. Her body evokes fertility. One foot is damaged. Locally delighted surface, dark patina oiled to the satiny touch.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name " lobi ", make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in Ghana, some of them also live in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu , to whom they address through the worship of many intermediate spirits, the Thil, the latter ...


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Statues Lobes
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This Lobi statue embodying a lineage ancestor is presented in a dignified attitude, with right backs and arms plated along the body. The piece is treated in angular edges that repeat themselves with rhythm, printing almost cubist volumes. Glossy surface, dark libation prints.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name lobi, make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in Ghana, some of them also live in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu , to whom they address through the worship of many intermediate spirits, the Thil, the latter ...


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Lobi mask
Tribal art > African mask > Lobi mask

This African Lobi mask, angular, in black iron, illustrates the inflexible character of the warrior. Within slight bulges, the eyes, nostrils and mouth have been nicked. An anthropomorphic, minimalist figure rises at the top. The metal has acquired a grainy rusty patina.

The populations of the same cultural region, grouped together under the denomination " lobi ", form a fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in number in Ghana, they have also settled in the north of Côte d'Ivoire. The Lobi believe in a Creator God named Thangba Thu , whom they address through the worship of many intermediary spirits, the Thil , these the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host of plagues. From Various sacred altars are erected around the ...


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Lobi Bateba phuwé statue
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Depicted head-on, with arms placed along the bust, this Lobi figure has a sunken head with a serious face. The large closed eyelids have been treated horizontally like the mouth. This ancient wooden sculpture, the Bateba, was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary who fights against sorcerers and all other harmful forces. The golden patina is particularly lustrous. Small xylophagous damage stopped.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering. These spirits convey to the diviners the laws that followers must follow to receive ...


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780.00

Lobi maternity figure
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Carved maternity embodying a thil, named thilbou khè bambi , supposed to protect mother and child.

Glossy brown-black patina.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name "lobi", form one fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Although they are not very numerous in Ghana, they have also settled in the north of the Ivory Coast. In the late 18th century, the Lobi came from northern Ghana and settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, Dian, Gan and Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu, to whom they turn through the worship of numerous intermediate spirits, the Thil, who are supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host of plagues. The geniuses of the bush, red-haired beings ...


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Couple of Lobi Thuna batebas figure
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Ex Belgian collection.
This pair of Lobi statuettes embodying a bateba or lineage ancestor adopts a static rectilinear position. Their hairstyle would be that of the Thuna warriors. One foot is damaged. Grainy patina. The populations of the same cultural region, grouped together under the name "Lobi", form one fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in number in Ghana, some of them also live in the north of the Ivory Coast. In the late 18th century, the Lobi came from northern Ghana and settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, Dian, Gan and Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu, to whom they turn through the worship of numerous intermediate spirits, the Thil, who are supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a host ...

Lobi Buthib figure
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Lobi sculptures and African art.
Naturalist carved figurine with a protective purpose, polished by use.
These statuettes were placed on the altar after a ritual to be the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary fighting against wizards and all other harmful forces. When honored, these spirits would manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, and numerous births; ignored, they would withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought, and suffering.
They are supposed to transmit to the diviners the laws that the followers must follow in order to enjoy their protection.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt ...


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340.00

Lobi Bateba Statue
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Ex Belgian African art collection.
This anthropomorphic sculpture Bateba was placed on the altar after a ritual in order to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thereby become an active being, an intermediary in the fight against wizards and all other evil forces. The drips testify to the ritual libations administered. Matt patina. When honored, these spirits would manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; ignored, they would withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt different attitudes that symbolize the power or special talent that the spirit uses to protect its ...


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Lobi figure
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This Lobi statuette "Bateba" was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary who fights against sorcerers and all other evil forces. The small spherical head, slightly tilted to the side, surmounts a narrow bust with drooping shoulders and arms that are placed alongside the body. The figure stands upright on wide feet. Golden brown glossy surface showing the wood grain.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
These spirits transmit to the diviners the laws that the followers must follow to receive their protection.
They ...


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380.00

Female figure Lobi Bateba
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Ex Belgian tribal art collection.
Frontal posture, straight head, legs spread and arms pressed against the bust, this African Lobi statue, of a powerful character, offers a face whose modelling makes expressive features stand out.
This ancient wooden sculpture, the Bateba, was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active, intermediary being who fights against sorcerers and all other harmful forces.
The lumpy surface is the result of ritual libations.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering. These spirits convey to the diviners the laws ...


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Lobi figure
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African art Lobi. Named bêtise, this figure of mating figures was prescribed to help find a spouse. This type of statuette was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and to become an active being, an intermediary fighting against sorcerers and other harmful forces. Sacrificial patina of use, grainy. Desiccation cracks.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
These spirits transmit to the diviners the laws that the followers must follow to receive their protection.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba ( large or small, ...


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Lobi altar figure
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Ex Belgian tribal art collection.
This effigy of a sacred ancestor was carved after various rituals prescribed by the diviner in which the descendants participated. When the lineage was extinguished, the statue was yielded or abandoned. Standing on narrow legs, the tall female figure has a cambered back, marking the abdominal bulge, while the arched shoulders are extended by very long arms clinging to the bust. The features, framed by cylindrical ears placed at jaw level, are prominent. The lips cut in perfect rectangle animate the face. The physiognomy and the general attitude express a form of introspection collected. Granular residues mixed with bird down, resulting from ritual libations, are scattered throughout the work. Streaks are also slightly visible. Excellent general ...


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Maternity figure Lobi Bateba
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Tribal art > African Maternity > Lobi Maternity

Sitting on a narrow stool, legs parallel, an infant figure carved in bas-relief on the abdomen, this representation of woman to child has a concave head on which are drawn wide eyes below features indicating the hairstyle. This wooden sculpture, the Bateba, was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a spirit of the bush, the Thil, and thus become an active, intermediate being who fights against sorcerers and all other harmful forces. The light wood is tinged with a beautiful semi-crusty, locally abraded dark patina. Long crack of desication running from the head to the bust.
When they are honored, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, many births; Ignored, they remove it and lead to devastating epidemics, drought and ...

Lobe figurines
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This Lobi figure embodies a bateba or lineage ancestor. Its straight body, whose right-angle arms are welded to the bust, has long parallel legs. The hands are gathered under the abdomen. Satin patina, scattered erosions and dorsal crack.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name lobi, make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in Ghana, some of them also live in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu , to whom they address through the worship of many intermediate spirits, the Thil, the latter being supposed to protect them, with the ...


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Lobi altar head-spin
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Tribal art > African Statues > Head Lobi

This remarkable Lobi head is supposed to contain the 'khélé', a power present in every human being and which, following the death of an individual or animal, must be controlled so as not to harm. The valiant warriors and hunters joined the cult of the Milkuur in order to charge their strengths in a thil named Milkuur , embodied by the head that will be tuwn in the altar outside the dwellings, forming a supernatural being supposed to protect them from any danger. The top of this rare piece offers grainy libatory residues mixed with chick down and vegetable fibers. The neck is satiny, the wood eroded.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name lobi, make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in Ghana, they also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. ...


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Large Maternity Lobi
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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 ...


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