Lobi maternity figure, Burkina Faso
12.5" tall
wood, pigment
early 20th century
Provenance: Tribal Art Galerie, NJ
Previously: Erik Farrow - Farrow Fine Art Gallery, CA
Previously: Ex Woods Davey collection, CA
This object was in the exhibition: "Native Arts of the World...At Home in Colorado - The Douglas Society Collects"

By far one of my favorite maternity figures in my collection and probably one of my favorite objects in general.

In one of Daniela Bognolo's article it is stated that when a female figure is depicted raising both arms, "she curses
present time and calls for her ancestors help to make things as they were in the past, before the illness, accident
or whatever happened which "was" caused by a recently-turned-to-spirit family member."