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Antique Lobi Burkina Faso Figurine Carved Hard Wood Statue Early 1900s

Antique Lobi Burkina Faso Figurine Carved Hard Wood Statue Early 1900s

Regular price $2,537.00

Antique Lobi Burkina Faso Figurine Wood Carved Statue Early 1900s

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 the Lobi.

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 18.75 pounds.

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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Item Dimensions

Height Width Depth Diameter Weight

3' 3"




3 lb.


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