A female Lobi sculpture of the Latara carver Defreté
A female Lobi sculpture of the Latara carver Defreté, standing on block-shaped feet, the arms carved close to the body, the hanging breasts tapering, the globular head with large, bulging eyes. The workshop of the village Latera was inhabited by a group of Loron carvers, called Koukoure, Defrete and Polfote (who changed sometimes his name and is also well known under the pseudonym Boumanthe in literature).
According to Daniela Bognolo Sib Koukouré isn´t alive anymore (1955 - 2003 -Visions of Africa, Lobi, 2007; 59) but we found him still going strong in Latara and he gave us detailed information about Palé Nifouthé, who died in 1966 in age about 70 years.
google: Koukouré, Polfoté und Defreté, carving session
Height: 68 cm
Weight: 4,0 kg