African art > African Statues > Lobi Statue
Sculptural piece in African art.
This male statue presents the aesthetic canons typical of the Lobi. Simple features for a body and quite imposing members. Lobi communities are organized around nature spirits. When honored, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births. Ignored, they remove it and cause devastating epidemics, drought and suffering. These figurines are placed on the tombs, in a dark corner of the owners' house, with many other sculptures embodying other spirits because it takes a large number to face the many threats of the rural world of Africa. West. A crusty patina covers the entire sculpture. Here and there, feathers bear witness to the libations to which it has been subjected.