Bateba Figure on metal base - Lobi People, Burkina Faso
Bateba Figure on metal base - Lobi People, Burkina Faso
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Bateba Figure on metal base - Lobi People, Burkina Faso

$2,800.00 Reg. Price $3,600.00   You Save $800.00
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.

Dimensions: Height: 31" x Width: 4" x Depth: 4 3/4"
Height on its 7" diameter stand is 31 1/4"

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