Female Lobi Bateba Figure from Burkina Faso
Tribe: Lobi Country: Burkina Faso Object: Bateba Figure Height: 25″
This is a beautiful example of a female bateba figure. Bateba are believed to house nature spirits known as thil. Every family accumulates bateba figures, in fact, the more figures acquired, the higher their social status. Pieces like this would be placed on a shrine inside the family’s home and offered sacrifices to protect the family from illness and harm.