A Lobi figure
Lot 2098
A Lobi figure
Sold for US$ 192,000 inc. premium
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A superb Lobi figure
Burkina Faso, of exceptional form, standing erect in hieratic posture, with variegated gray surface, rendered with an uncharacteristic strength and naturalism, iron collar about the neck.
height 32in


  • Provenance:
    Maurice Bonnefoy,
    Pace Gallery
    A private European collection
    Jean luis Picard, Lundi 5 decembre 1994 (sale A20H): Lot #37
    A private Asian collection

    Art of Upper Volta, 1976 University Art Museum, Austin, Texas
    Pace Gallery: African Spirit Images And Idenities 1976
    Kunst Und Religion der Lobi: Reitberg Museum, Zurich 1981
    Afrikanische Skulptur, Musee Ludwig, Cologne. 1990

    African Spirit Images and identities; Siroto & Holcombe. 1976; fig. 21
    Art of Upper Volta, 1976. fig. 121
    Art International (March 1977 Issue) "The Collection of Maurice Bonnefoy"
    Kunst Und religion Der Lobi; Mier. Fig 3
    "Afrikanische Skulptur", Musee Ludwig, Cologne. 1990 Pl. 15

    This Lobi figure can be classed among the finest extant examples; rather than the usual rigid posture and canonical treatment found in most large Lobi figures, this example possesses an almost animated sensual quality. The face is carved in a style that borders on true naturalism, yet still maintains the power of Lobi abstraction.

    Considered by many to be a paragon of Lobi figural carving, this remarkable statue is one of the great masterpieces of African art.