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Male ancestor figure "kpin sebla"

Burkina Faso, Dagari

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Reinier Lucassen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dutch painter of the New Figuration or The New Vision Group) H: 23.8 inch 800 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, encrusted sacrificial patina, base

It was not until the 1990s that these "phallic" Dagari sculptures, abstracted into an inverted "Y", became known to wider circles.

The Dagari are relatives of the Lobi, who live in the southwest of Burkina Faso and the northwest of Ghana.

Each of these figures represents a deceased family member. They are placed on family altars and at shrines and serve the ancestor cult. They are sacrificed with millet beer, millet porridge or the blood of sacrificial animals.

Bognolo, Daniela, Lobi, Milan 2007, p. 57, Fig. 19