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Lobi Bateba "foolishness" figure (N° 20092)
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African art Lobi. Named bêtise, this figure of mating figures was prescribed to help find a spouse. This type of statuette was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and to become an active being, an intermediary fighting against sorcerers and other harmful forces.
Sacrificial patina of use, grainy. Desiccation cracks.
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 transmit to the diviners the laws that the 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).
Source: "Sculptures of the Three Volta" Massa and Lauret .
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