Antique Lobi Burkina Faso Figurine Wood Carved Statue Early
West African antique wood carved
Lobi Burkina Faso figurine, Early 1900s
We are very pleased to be able to
offer for your consideration this wonderful antique west African
carved wood figurine.
The "Lobi Figurine" are part of the
culture of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Ranging in size
from 7 to 47" high, most are frontal, symmetrical, timeless,
and brooding, sentinels expressing the traditional beliefs of
These 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.
This figurine is female, she stands
25 inches tall, approximately 6 inches wide, and approximately
7 inches front to back. This carving looks, and feels to be
made of a very hard, almost black wood, perhaps Wenge, a species
native to west Africa. The figurine is mounted to a clear acrylic
block stand. The stand is 6 5/8 inches wide, 5 1/5 inches deep,
and approximately 2 inches tall. The figurine weighs approximately
Condition- The overall condition of
the figurine is very good. The hard wood of the carving shows
no signs of checking. There are no major chips and the surface
has a deep ebony color
If you are a collector of the art
work of the indigenous peoples of west Africa this figurine
will make an impressive addition to your collection
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