|Title||Lobi or Dogon Ladder Burkina Faso Custom Stand African Art 6 Feet|
|Type of Object||Artifact|
|Country of Origin||Burkina Faso|
|People||Lobi or Dogon|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 70 Inches
Width: 14 Inches
|Overall Condition||Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.|
The Lobi people reside in the western region of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) and in the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and speaking a Gur language of the Niger-Congo family. They are farmers and hunters, growing millet and sorghum as staples. Traditionally, the Lobi governed themselves through the clan system, with no formal political organization.
Religious beliefs were purely animistic until Islamic influence entered the area around the 14th century. Polygyny is practiced. In 1897, France annexed the Lobi lands, but because of the Lobi’s effective use of poisoned arrows the population was not subdued until 1903.