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Protective Figure,
Bateba Ti Puo

Lobi, Burkina Faso
Early 20th Century

Published: Lobi Traditional Art, Giovanni Franco Scanzi collection, fig. 112

Unique among the Lobi is the fact that all male tribal members carve. This is not the case in most sub-Saharan African countries; it is either special members in a community of ultimate talent or known ateliers who do the carving for ritual specialists. The Lobi produce a vast array of sculptures each unique in style; sometimes creating extremely powerful carvings. This example is visually very striking with its outstretched arms and oversized hands. The wood is hard and encrusted from libations throughout the years.

Protective Figure,
Bateba Ti Puo

Lobi, Burkina Faso
Early 20th Century

Published: Lobi Traditional Art, Giovanni Franco Scanzi collection, fig. 112

Unique among the Lobi is the fact that all male tribal members carve. This is not the case in most sub-Saharan African countries; it is either special members in a community of ultimate talent or known ateliers who do the carving for ritual specialists. The Lobi produce a vast array of sculptures each unique in style; sometimes creating extremely powerful carvings. This example is visually very striking with its outstretched arms and oversized hands. The wood is hard and encrusted from libations throughout the years.