Lot 286: A Lobi/Gan aluminium walkingstick
November 26, 2016
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Description: A Lobi/Gan wlkingstick with a handle in shape of kalao?s headThe direct origin of these aluminium objects seems to be very limited, because nearly all pieces we collected are from the heritage of Ba Moussa, an Antique dealer of Ougadougo, who passed away nine years ago. In the last years nearly nobody was interested in these excellent works of Art.But this is my experience only. I can't speak about the situation before 2010 and about the experiences of other Antique dealers, when I fokused the first time to these objects by a bigger quantity of pieces, which were produced by skillful Gan/Lobi Smiths, travelling around from one ethnic group to another in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. Stylistically you can see the influence of Senufo, Akan, Gurunsi, Mossi, Tussian Lobi etc., but the origin of these objects are not from the blacksmiths of these specific tribes. May be this is also the reason, why the traditional collectors of special tribes are not so interested in these Aluminium objects. They are looking to chromatic and the ethnic originis to indifferent.Wooden walkingsticks are widespread in many ethnic groups in West Africa, like the Mossi, Gurunsi, Lobi etc..They were made by local carvers and we can see very often the handriting of a specific sculptor. Quite contrary most of the aluminium walkingsticks are decorated with symbols, like chameleon, serpent, turtle, crocodile, kalao etc. which are widespread in many parts of West Africa. The usual exception that these aluminium-objects are made for touristic purpose, offered in Antique-shops of the big metropols isn't stingent, because in particular of the walking sticks have significant traces of use, which wouldn't be possible, if these objects were made for export. No doubt about it, that the toristic market was also a sales-platform for these aluminium-objects. A fact which isn't extraordinary also for carved wooden objects, if we we are fokusing on works from Lobi carvers like Sikire Kambire, Kilite Noufe, Pessare Dah or many other unknown carvers not only from the Lobi country.Under this aspect we have a little attended phenomenon of African Art, which hasn't a specific ethnic sources. It leads us to an early market of wandering artists, which was mentioned already by Arnold Heim in the 1930th describing the situation in Loropeni as an ethnic meltingpot of extremly different indigene groups, which had certainly the consequence of an extensive indigene interaction with all forms of changing in style.It is incomprehensible, why these objects were undiscovered such a long time and once again Western Artists were the first, who recognized the value of these artifacts, which don't have the so called "Western provenances", coming directly from Africa outside of the well described ethnic groups with their stylistic descriptions in literature.Height: 89 cmWeight: 2,1 kg