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Bateba Figure, Lobi People, Burkina Faso (#8277)

Price: $1,200.00

Title: Bateba Figure
Material: Carved wood
People: Lobi
Country: Burkina Faso, West Africa

The 250,000 Lobi are divided among Ghana, Ivory Coast & Burkina Faso. Each household leader or Cuor is subordinate to a thila, an invisible protective spirit who communicates through the intermediary of diviners. It is the thila who dictates taboos & who requires the creation of a new wooden figure for the village or household shrine. Lobi sculpture was only discovered in the 1950's. The Lobi do not use masks but create figures called bateba & heads sculpted on top of a post planted in the ground. These figures, beings that are somewhere between spirits and people, may represent the dead or bush spirits. Heads surround the shrines of sacred huts & the bateba belongs to the thila & carries out their orders to defend the territory against evil & to protect their owners from harm.

Height: 7.5"
Width: 2"
Depth: 1.25"
7.75 " high on stand, base measures 2" by 2"


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