The Lobi tribe migrated into Burkina Faso from present day Ghana in the XVIIIth century.
The Lobi Bateba figures are considered as living beings and communicateon behalf of its spirit called Thil.
The Lobi figures are in every house and a small shrine room is set apart for the worship of ancestral spirits.
The sorcerer fills the shrine with a variety of wooden statues together and clay sculptures, iron staffs, bottles, pots and the like. Frequent sacrifices are made at these shrines to ensure the goodwill of the ancestors, and to assure good health and fortune.
A big figure in dense hard wood.
H= 48 cm
B/W ill: Lobi-Bateba shrine-Burkina Faso
provenance: Donald Taitt, an abstract painter from Paris born in 1930 who collected African Art.
- Indigenous object name
- Provenance Donald Taitt
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Burkina Faso
- Dense Wood
- 1st half 20th century
- Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 48×10×8 cm