LOBI FIGURES ARCHIVES

The figures below have been SOLD. They are here for purposes of reference and education.

LOBI FIGURES available for sale can be found on the LOBI FIGURES PAGE

LOBI
Figure 8
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 13
SOLD

LOBI,
Figure 14
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 15
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 16
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 17
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 58
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 19
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 21
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 22
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 28
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 29
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 30
SOLD

TIV
Figure 31
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 32
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 37
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 39
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 41
SOLD
 

 

LOBI
Figure 42
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 44
SOLD

 

 LOBI
Figure 45
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 46
SOLD

 

 LOBI
Figure 47
SOLD

 

 LOBI
Figure 48
SOLD

 

 LOBI
Figure 49
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 51
SOLD
 

LOBI
Figure 53
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 56
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 60
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 61
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 62
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 63
SOLD

 

LOBI
Head 78
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 70
SOLD

 

 LOBI
Figure 81
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 85
SOLD

 

  LOBI
Figure 88
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 89
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 92
SOLD

 

LOBI
Figure 93
SOLD

  

LOBI
Head 113
17" high
SOLD

LOBI (Ghana)
Figure 103
14.5" high
SOLD

 

LOBI?
Figure 120
8.25" high
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 115
14.5" high
SOLD



LOBI
Figure 118
12.5" high
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 117
8" high
SOLD

 LOBI
Figure 122
29.5" high
SOLD

LOBI
Figure 68
24" high
SOLD

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

LOBI FIGURES ARCHIVES

These enigmatic, brooding figures protect the Lobi people of Burkina Faso. Ranging in size from 7 - 47" 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. Rarely, a head is used similarly to the figures. The accumulation of statues on a family altar gave social status and were passed on from father to son.

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