Lobi Maternity Figurine, Jean-Jacques Mandel Collection
Beautiful Lobi maternity statuette.
Wonderful patina. Traces of wear due to the use.
There are some cracks on the backside of the left leg.
There is a little trace of xylophagous insects on the belly, which was treated.
This piece can be picked up in Strasbourg.
The Lobi form a people who lives in west Africa, spread in Ghana, Ivory Coast and, for most of them, in Burkina Faso. During many centuries, these warrior farmers have moved into the Sahelian hills, avoiding contact with Europeans, escaping from ethnographic observation, as well as the auto-da-fé of the civilising White Fathers.
Lobi art was very little collected, before being recently rediscovered and being currently considered as one of the most beautiful expressions of African statuary. Unlike most African societies, everyone can become a sculptor within the Lobi country; There is a great freedom of style, each clan can invent its own forms, since there is no specialised caste. There are mainly two kinds of objects, the “Bateba” figurines which are representations of ancestors, and the “Thils”, which intercede between humans and the cosmos. These last propitiatory figurines generally have both arms raised, as a gesture of entreaty...”
“Jean-Jacques Mandel has an anthropologist background. He has collaborated in the 1970s as a photographer and great-reporter of the group Marie-Claire, while carrying out ethnographic studies in the Niger Bend.
Then, he joined the daily paper Libération for about ten years and then the agencies Magnum Photos and Contact Press Images, as well as diverse magazines. Assistant editor for the magazine Géo, he has travelled across Africa and many continents, following in the footsteps of African diasporas of slave trade. Specialist in Voodoo, in ethnopsychiatry, he collects worship objects since forty years.
A very important part of these items constitute the funds of the Voodoo Museum of Strasbourg (since 2007) and some were exhibited in the Museum of the Quai Branly during the exhibition “Les Maitres du désordre” in 2012. "
These pieces have been subject to diverse exhibitions (have a look at the last pictures).
- Ethnie/ Kultur
- Burkina Faso
- 2. Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts
- Guter Zustand, mit Gebrauchsspuren
- Wird mit Ständer verkauft
- 21×10×3.5 cm
- 91 g