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Lobi Iron Elephant Sculpture Burkina Faso African Art

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Title Lobi Iron Elephant Sculpture Burkina Faso African Art
Type of Object iron sculpture; possible currency
Country of Origin Burkina Faso, small areas of Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana
People Lobi
Materials Hand Forged Iron
Dimensions Height: 8.5 Inches
Width: 12.25 Inches
Overall Condition Poor
Damage/Repair Rusted and flaking surface


Additional Information:  The long trunk, tusks and wide ears of the sculpture makes this form quite clear: it represents an elephant.  The sculpture uses crudely forged iron pieces assembled to make this charming form.  


The use of reptiles in Lobi art and jewelry is quite prolific.  Lobi use snakes like this tied to their calves to protect them from snake bite and lightning. The snake is a prominent theme in the area along the Niger river and among the Dogon (see their art and imagery of masks and the rock shelter paintings and especially their doors.)Also very prominent in the 'Djenne - Mopti' terracotta with whole snakes and snakes coiled with their head resting on eggs. Some Dogon assert that the snakes on doors represent their ancestors because of the fact that they shed their skin each year and are thus 'reborn'. Also their curved traces in the snow and representation on doors and the long 'squiggly' lines along the sides of some Dogon masks make reference to the idea of water/river.