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Lobi Bateba Statues (N° 19195)
This sculpture Bateba was placed on the altar after a ritual in order to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active being, an intermediary in the fight against sorcerers and all other harmful forces. It has the hairstyle of the great initiates, linked to religious power. In a frontal attitude, the bust is straight, but the neck is slightly offset, the ancestor raises his arm in a gesture of defense and protection. Granular matte patina. Tiny crack of desiccation.
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When they are honored, these spirits would manifest their benevolence in the form of heavy rains, good health, and many births; ignored, they withdraw it and cause devastating epidemics, drought, and suffering.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, figurative or abstract, they adopt different attitudes that symbolize the power or particular talent that the spirit uses to protect its owners). These figurines are placed on tombs, in a dark corner of the owners' house, along with many other sculptures embodying other spirits, as it takes a large number of them to deal with the many threats in rural West Africa.
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