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
Exhibited: 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
Published: 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.