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Spectacular African Burkina Faso Lobi Terracotta Pot
Early – Mid 20th Century
Wonderful utilitarian art covered with points skillfully formed aged surface
US East Coast - Estimated $25.00
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CONDITION Surface deterioration, some points chipped, chip to lid and opening, worn areas, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.
BACKGROUND 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 filed with objects such as vessels, abstract iron figures, stone and wood figures known as Bateba, which are believe to embody the Thil spirits. Lobi art also consist of much utilitarian objects including flutes, containers and stools. These stools are sometimes decorated with human or animal head. The type with three leg supports implicate phallic connotation.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly
influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see
why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional
object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent
tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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