Africa, Burkino Faso or Mali, Lobi, ca. early 20th century CE. A hand carved wooden female figure, standing in a frontal position with her hands positioned just beneath her breasts, with a characteristically oversized head, expressive stylized facial features, a carved skirt incised with a circular pattern, a carved neck ring, and a shell necklace. Such carved figures were placed upon family altars in the thilda, a small room in the dwelling, and embodied ancestral spirits or tibil thil. The greater the collection of figures on the family altar, the higher the family's social status. Wood block base. Size: 3.5" W x 11.75" H (8.9 cm x 29.8 cm); 12.75" H (32.4 cm) on base
Provenance: Ex - private New York collection, acquired at Zemanek Munster Auction
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