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unknown Lobi


19th century

19 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 19 in. (50.17 cm x 12.07 cm x 48.26 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.50
Other Number(s): 83-70 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Burkina Faso
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts
Culture/Nationality: Lobi, Burkinabé, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Burkina Faso - Style and culture of the people of Burkina Faso.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Lobi
  • stools - A seat for one person, often without a back. They were the most common type of seat furniture until the 19th century. Distinct from "benches" in that they seat only one person; usually distinguished from "chairs" in that they have no back; however, tall seating pieces at a bar or counter are called stools though they sometimes have backs. Generally made in two types; one supported on four straight legs and the other with legs arranged crosswise.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Neufeld Collection Highlighted in Library Exhibition." Bryn Mawr Now XXII, no. 3 (Spring/Summer 1993): 1.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 68-69. Figure Number: 1

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 68-69.
  • Piet Meyer, Kunst und Religion der Lobi (Zurich, Switzerland: Museum Rietberg, 1981), 121-122.
  • "Art and Life in Africa: Peoples." (Accessed May 11, 2020):
  • Craft Caravan, Inc., Lobi Sculpture: February 11 - April 11, 1980 (New York, New York: Craft Caravan, Inc., 1980),

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