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Lobi Stool Burkina Faso
– Anthropomorphic in shape, this old Lobi wood stool is carved out of one piece of wood.
Also called a traveling stool. Very highly patinated from use and a strap to carry over the neck or shoulder
(L) 67cm (H) 17cm (W) 15.5cm
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Anthropomorphic in shape, this old Lobi wood stool is carved out of one piece of wood.
Due to the size of this piece, this would
be a stool used to take on journeys just to take 5 minutes to sit,
call it a traveling stool, very highly patinated from use and a strap to carry over the neck or shoulder,
slight imperfections and effects from aging etc.
Traditionally, three-legged stools are used by men,
whereas four-legged stools are used by women.
Utilitarian objects as well as personal objects denoting social status,
Lobi stools are often personalised with decorative elements making special to its owner.
The name Lobi originates from two Lobiri words: lou (forest) and bi (children), meaning literally,
“children of the forest” who settled initially on the left bank of the Mouhoun River or the Black
Volta dividing Burkina Faso and Ghana. The Mouhoun River is important to Lobi peoples for many reasons.
In terms of migration history, it marks an escape from slave raiders in present-day Ghana.
In myth, it symbolises a dividing line between this world and the next, similar to the River Styx of Roman mythology.
The Lobi crossed the Mounhoun centuries ago from east to west and settled in the lands
and brought with them deep animist beliefs and superstition. According to Lobi legend,
the spirits of the deceased must return across the river to rejoin their honourable
ancestors in the ancient world. The banks of the Mounhoun are used
in initiation rites and fish and animals in the river are considered sacred.
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