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Baule, Yaure, Attie,
Democratic Republic of Congo
29. Lobi “naughty Lobi”, Burkina Faso, wood, 8" (20 cm)|
The Lobi, who live in a region covering parts of both Burkina Faso and the Cote d’Ivoire, are prolific carvers who use statuary for a complex variety of purposes. Lobi sculpture is unusual in African art in its assymmetry and depiction of movement. This small figure is referred to as “naughty Lobi” (Lobi meaning people). Carved to sanctify a marriage with its illustration of sexual activity, it is also a beautiful depiction of a man and a woman separate and yet one.
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