LOBI DAGARI FIGURES

The Dagari figures below have been vetted as being authentic with significant signs of use and age.

 

DAGARI
Figure 1
28.5" high
$2500

 

DAGARI
Figure 2
36" high
$2500

DAGARI
Figure 3
28.5" high
$2500

  

DAGARI
Figure 6
23.5" hgih
$2400

The Dagari figure below has been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.

DAGARI
Figure 9
26.5" high
$800

The Dagari figure below has been vetted as being authentic with some signs of use.

 

 DAGARI
Figure 13
34" high
$500

In spite of its appearance, we believe the figure below was carved for the collecting market.

  

DAGARI
Figure15
29" high
$400
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

LOBI DAGARI FIGURES

Dagari figures are the most abstract and symbolic of Lobi Figures. They are the enigmatic, brooding sculpture that protect the Dagari subgroup of the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Ranging in size from 22-36" high, most are frontal, symmetrical and timeless sentinels expressing the traditional beliefs of the Lobi. Several depart from the norm with animated gestures, asymmetry or a great degree of symbolic abstraction.

The 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. Most were frontal and symmetrical, but some have unusually animated gestures.

LOBI, FIGURES, Burkina Faso © John Urban

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