These Lobi figures were created to protect the people. The figure is not carved after a person, but after a spirit. They were usually placed on family altars. It protects the whole family from sickness and bad luck. It could also be used for divination and was past on from father to son. Collected in 1980 Private collection. F.d.G in NL
Type of object: Lobi Shrine Figure Ethnic group: Lobi Country of origin: Burkina Faso Measurement: 6x 11.5x 42x (cm) Materials: Wood Approximate Age: Mid 20th century Overall Condition: Excellent Damage, Repair: None These nice wood carvings (also called "Bateba") could be placed in the family altar and were used to revere spirits known as "Thil". With one or two hands in the air, it also protects the family from any harm from the spiritual world.