Bateba Figure - Lobi People, Burkina Faso (8285) - SOLD
Bateba Figure - Lobi People, Burkina Faso (8285) - SOLD
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Bateba Figure - Lobi People, Burkina Faso (8285) - SOLD

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.
6" high by 1 3/8" wide by 1 1/4" deep 6 1/4" high on stand, base measures 2" wide by 2" deep 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. #8285
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