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Female figure

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Female figure

20th century

Inventive anatomy transforms this figure’s arms into what looks more like a necklace. Among the Lobi, anyone could carve a sculpture for a deity, or thil, who was waiting to assist a family. Most figures have faces set in determination to protect the families in their midst, and were once placed into shrine rooms where statues awaited invocations to provide counseling.
Height: 25in. (63.5cm)
Gift of Dr. Oliver E. and Pamela F. Cobb
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view

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