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    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.

    On View

    Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

    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

    Extended information about this artwork

    Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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