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Protective Figure, Bateba

Lobi; Burkina Faso
Early 20th c

Provenance: Newark Museum of Art, NJ. Accession number: X8529

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 sculpture each unique in style; sometimes creating extremely powerful carvings. This example is strongly cubistic with a wonderful face; pleasing to the eye from every angle; which is rare in African art. There is good tension in the legs and arms of the figure giving it a sense of motion. The wood is hard and encrusted from numerous libations throughout the years. There is a small old loss to one foot; but in otherwise excellent condition.

Protective Figure, Bateba

Lobi; Burkina Faso
Early 20th c

Provenance: Newark Museum of Art, NJ. Accession number: X8529

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 sculpture each unique in style; sometimes creating extremely powerful carvings. This example is strongly cubistic with a wonderful face; pleasing to the eye from every angle; which is rare in African art. There is good tension in the legs and arms of the figure giving it a sense of motion. The wood is hard and encrusted from numerous libations throughout the years. There is a small old loss to one foot; but in otherwise excellent condition.

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