A male Lobi sculpture
A male Lobi sculpture of an unidentified Lobi sculpture of the Latera region. According to my reacherches in Latara, close to Kampti, this carver was subsumed to Sib Koukouré, who died two years ago. But I have doubts that Koukouré is the creator, because of their stylistic peculiarities, which are indications of a separate carver of this region. The facial features are more grave, the arched eyebrows are carved accurately, the shoulders are normally a little bit pointed and the back is always "three-parted", an identification mark, which the Koukouré sculptures never have.
A Berlin Lobi collector mentioned this last feature a couple of years ago as a specific mark of two small sculptures, which are/were in his collection. This is one of two larger figures with these peculiarities. I hazard a guess that this is a different - till now not identified carver - of the Latara region. According to the rareness of these sculptures, I suppose this carver is from another, earlier generation of the Latara carvers with a strong influence on the well-known Sib Koukouré and maybe also on Polfothe, the most skilful carver of this village near Kampti. We collected another smaller exemplare from the same African provenance. This carver is extremely rare nowadays. His non-relevant element is obviously the three-parted back and not the ears, which are similar to other Latara carvers.
1.000 - 1.400,- Euro
Height: 65 cm
Weight: 5,8 kg