Bateba - Lobi People, Burkina Faso M11
Bateba - Lobi People, Burkina Faso M11
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Bateba - Lobi People, Burkina Faso M11

$3,500.00
The 250,000 Lobi are divided among Ghana, Ivory Coast & Burkina Faso. Each household leader is subordinate to a thila, an invisible protective spirit who communicates through the intermediary of diviners. It is the thila who dictates taboos and 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. The bateba belongs to the thila & carries out their orders to defend the territory against evil & to protect their owners from harm.
Left foot, and back of right foot are long gone.

Ex. Mebel collection, Ex. Bill Wright Gallery, New York 1991, Ex. Graven Images Ltd., New York, and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection

Height: 10 " x Width: 2 /8" x Depth: 2 ⅝" - Height on the base is 10 "

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