provenance: Donald Taitt, an abstract painter from Paris born in 1930 who collected African Art.
Coming from the Lobi tribe this figure/doll is half man half monkey with a colonial hat on his head, an a horse hair tail in his hands. Remains of blue pigments and offerings.
Lobi, people residing in the western region of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) and in the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and speaking a Gur language of the Niger-Congo family. They are farmers and hunters, growing millet and sorghum as staples. Traditionally, the Lobi governed themselves through the clan system, with no formal political organization.
Religious beliefs were purely animistic until Islamic influence entered the area around the 14th century.
B/w ill: Lobi people with labrets with colonials.
H=33cm. Sold with a custom made metal stand.