The Coital figure from the people of Burkina Faso. Lobi Figures are the enigmatic, brooding sculpture that protect the Lobi people and express their traditional beliefs. The figures were placed on family altars in the thilda, a room in each dwelling. Each figure was not a representation but an actual spirit, or tibil thil. It protected the family and home from illness and other misfortunes. The spirit could also be used for divination and could demand offerings and additions of other figures. The accumulation of statues on a family altar gave social status and were passed on from father to son. Such features as the size, pose, coiffure and sex of the figure are determined by the diviner.
CMAA is an experience created by African artifacts collector Eric Edwards, who has amassed one of the largest African art collections in the United States. In a journey of over fifty years of carefully selecting these items, which date back to over four thousand years, these rare and unique African artifacts are now being shared with the public in a museum setting for education and joy.
Address: Cultural Museum of African Art, Inc. The Eric Edwards Collection 1360 Fulton St, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11216