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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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Lobi lineage ancestor statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statues Lobes

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 ...

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
Tribal art > African Statues > Lobe figurines

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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Statue of ancestor Lobi
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statues Lobes

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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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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Tribal art > African Maternity > Large Maternity Lobi

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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