Bird Figure

A work made of wood and sacrificial materials.

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  • A work made of wood and sacrificial materials.

Date:

Probably early 20th century

Artist:

Lobi
Burkina Faso
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

This bird figure would have been placed in a shrine along with dozens of other sculptures and items collected from nature for use in divination. It served as an intermediary between the human world and the supernatural one. Spirits called bathila manifest themselves through such objects in order to provide assistance to individuals who seek it when confronted with illness or other misfortune. The encrusted surface was formed from repeated offerings of earth, animal blood, and plant extracts.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Lobi

Title

Bird Figure

Origin

Burkina Faso

Date

1900–1925

Medium

Wood and sacrificial materials

Dimensions

H. 62 cm (24 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Arts of Africa and the Americas Curatorial Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2019.716

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