LOBI, BURKINA FASO
WOOD, HEIGHT 38CM
To this day Lobi communities have no chiefs or other leaders. They are governed and protected by their strict religion, consisting of numerous spirits who regulate and dictate daily life. This statue is representing one of these spirits. It is a powerful spirit, as can be seen by the distorted mouth and nose and the fact that it is scared to look straight ahead. Lobi figures were always created in pairs, so somewhere out there should be a female partner of this figure.