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Bateba Lobi Statues (N° 13065)

This male effigy of ancestor, wooden, named Bateba , was placed on the altar after a ritual in order to become the receptacle of a spirit of the bush, the Thil, and thus become an active being, intermediate in the fight against sorcerers and all other harmful forces. It has the hairstyle of the great initiates, linked to the religious power. Grainy patina, crusty residues following libations. Desication cracks. When honored, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, many births; Ignored, they remove it and lead to devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
These spirits pass on to the soothsayers the laws that followers must follow in order to receive their protection.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt different attitudes that symbolize the particular power or talent that the mind uses to protect its owners). These figurines are placed on the tombs, in a dark corner of the owners' house, along with many other sculptures embodying other spirits because it takes a large number to face the many threats of the rural world of West Africa.
Source: Sculptures of the Three Volta Massa and Lauret .

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Originex-collection M. Corminboeuf
Countryburkina faso
Weight4.44 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xx°

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