Bateba Figurine - Lobi - Burkina Faso


The Lobi in traditional African art

The Lobi in African art think that a being is all the more powerful as he is different from men. Batéba are traditional protective figures whose size can vary greatly depending on the use.

Thus, this very small room was probably destined to be everywhere by its owner as a grigri. Pieces of much larger size could be placed at the entrance of villages, arms raised to ward off evil spirits.

Origin : private collection P. Vandenbergh, BelgiumDating : 1970'sSize : 15 x 4,5 cmMaterial : wood

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Presumed dating
Circa 1970
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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