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Serge Schoffel Art Premier

Bùthìba

Lobi, Burkina Faso
Late 19th century - early 20th century
Wood
H. 21.5 cm

The Lobi statuary is divided into three categories: the thílkòtína ancestor sculptures, the thílbià divination statuettes, and the bùthìba healing figures which vary in size. Many times the bùthìba depict a particular body posture: sitting, standing or swaying, with one or two arms uplifted. One noticeable feature of this bùthìba is the carved ribs that refers to the Lobi initiation body paintings.

For extensive information about great Lobi statuary, refer to: Baeke Viviane, 2016. “ The sculpted supports of Lobi thought ”  in Whispering Woods, The Great Lobi Statuary. Ed. Serge Schoffel - Art Premier.

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