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Lobi Bateba Ti Puo Figure


Lobi Bateba Ti Puo

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SKU: 2622 Category: Tags: , , ,

Product Description

Item: #2622

Tribe: Lobi

Country: Burkina Faso.

Material: Wood.

Size: 10″ (25.4 cm) Tall

Condition: Good

Provenance: Private Estate Collection – California, USA

Known as Bateba, this Lobi figure is one of two main, and several sub categories of the Bateba genre. Like many world cultures, the Lobi believe that the universe was created by a central almighty god, Tangba, under which are several other deities and spirits called Thila (singular – Thil). Villagers cannot directly communicate with the Thila of the community or household and must therefore go through altar based figures called Bateba. Bateba figures are found in a variety of styles, sizes and forms usually indicating the function of the figure.

One main category is the Bateba Dutundora, statues that supposedly have the power to avert evil influences or bad luck (apotropaic statues).

This genre of statue with one arm raised is known as Bateba ti puo (also referred to as thilbou nyella or thilbou banyo), believed to embody Thil. Its main function is to protect the owner from sorcery. It is considered potent and even dangerous. It is often deployed to block the entrance of harmful forces into the village and the household.

Additional Information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 12 x 6 x 6 in