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Pair of Bateba Figures - Lobi People, Burkina Faso

Price: $595.00


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Title: Pair of Bateba Figures

Material: Wood

People: Lobi

Country: Burkina Faso

Description: 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, are beings that are somewhere between spirits &
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.

These two figures, one male and one female, are sold as a pair.

Male figure (left) dimensions: 10" height x 3" width x 3" depth
Female figure (right) dimensions: 9 1/2" height x 2" width x 2 1/2" depth

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