Lobi Dagari Figure

Lovely Lobi Dagari figure from the ex-collection of Hendrick de Roy

Tribe: Lobi / Dagari

Origin: Burkina Faso

Approx Age: Early – Mid 20th Century

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 85 tall x 41 wide

Ref. Number: 0749

£1250.00

Description:

 

A stunning Lobi Dagari figure with a nice age of early to mid 20th century and an encrusted patina from libations.  Due to age, there is erosion to most of the outer face of the statue. This now displays beautifully with custom-made base stands. The Dagari are also known as Dagara are a sub-tribe of the much larger Lobi tribe.

Provenance: Ex Hendrick de Roy Collection

History

The Lobi migrated into Burkina Faso from present-day Ghana around 1770, and many of them crossed the border into contemporary Côte d’Ivoire over the next hundred years or so in search of uncultivated lands. Although Lobi villages are often very independent and so politically disorganized, they managed to put up a strong resistance to French colonialization. They revere spirits known as Thil. Shrines are built to these spirits under the instruction of a sorcerer and placed either on the roof or inside the home and are filled with objects such as vessels, abstract iron figures, stone and wood figures known as Bateba, which are believed to embody the Thil spirits. Dagari figures are the most abstract and symbolic of Lobi Figures.

They are the enigmatic, brooding sculptures 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.

 

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