LOBI Bronze Fetish Ring of a Chameleon - AFRICA

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 15, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House


Origin: Lobi People - BURKINA FASO
Age: Late 20th century
Materials: Bronze
Condition: Good
Dimensions : 4 x 4 cm (1 1/2x 1 1/2 ") Size: 13


The Lobi people occupy the southwestern part of Burkina Faso, and had emigrated from Ghana in the last quarter of the 18th century.

Bronze pieces created by the lost wax method involves creating a model by hand in beeswax. Once completed, wax rods are attached to it and the entire model is encased in layers of fine clay. The structure is heated and the melted wax runs out through the channels (wax rods), molten metal is poured into the mold (created after wax was lost) the metal cools and hardens, the mold is broken and the piece has been created. Each piece is an original since the mold is broken after each one has been cast.


A Lobi bronze figure representing a chameleon.

The chameleon is a very popular motif and an important representational symbol as it has a relevant place in the cosmic order and is a traditional symbol of protection amongst the Lobi.

The face is detailed with two large protruding eyes; the band consists of a rope twist design. The inner diameter is of 2,3 cm (7/8").

Created using the old tradition of
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