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Ancestral figure

The Dagari, a sub-group of the Lobi peoples of present-day Burkina Faso, are known for their carved figurines housed in family shrines. The shrines honor a particular deity, called thil, which presides over the household and protects the family. Lobi carvers are not given special status within...

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By 1995, Galerie Majestic, Paris France; 1995, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Burkina Faso, Dagari peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Burkina Faso


Overall: 75 x 31.5 cm (29 1/2 x 12 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania