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Female figure Lobi Bateba (N° 20452)

Ex Belgian tribal art collection.
Frontal posture, straight head, legs spread and arms pressed against the bust, this African Lobi statue, of a powerful character, offers a face whose modelling makes expressive features stand out.
This ancient wooden sculpture, the Bateba, was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active, intermediary being who fights against sorcerers and all other harmful forces.
The lumpy surface is the result of ritual libations.
When honored, these spirits manifest their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they withdraw it and bring devastating epidemics, drought and suffering. These spirits convey to the diviners the laws that followers must follow 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 spirit uses to protect its owners). These figurines are placed on tombs, in a dark corner of the owners' house, along with other sculptures embodying other spirits.
Source: "Sculptures of the Three Volta" Massa and Lauret .
 

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OriginEx-collection Luc Lefevre
EthnyLobi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height45
Width9
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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