Africa | Burkina Faso
Lobi female figure of a cup bearer
Carved by Lobi artist Sikire Kambire (1896-1963)
First part of the 20th century
Height: 53 ½ in. (136 cm)
Ex collection Bernard de Grunne
Lobi Female cup bearer 53 ½ in. / Galerie Flak
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The Lobi people of Burkina Faso used such figures to honor ancestors, please the spirits and protect the community. Carved figures were placed on family shrines and served various functions (protection against enemies, intercession with spirits and ancestors, prevention of sickness…).
Piet Meyer states that such carved figures were considered to be beings in their own rights. Their essence was answerable both to the spirits and to men.
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