"Small Statue Lobi Bateba, Ivory Coast, Second Half Of The 20th Century"
Origin: Ivory Coast
Dating: Second half of the 20th century
Material: Wood Hors socle: 20.5 x 5 cm
Condition: Slots to report
Provenance: Former private collection
Small statuette Bateba with beautiful proportions. She represents a female character standing on semi-bent legs. The arms are glued along the body, the chest is small and projected forward and is integral with the shoulders. The head rests on a cylindrical neck and is characterized by an expression filled with interiority. Two large eyes with closed eyelids materialized by half circles frame a small flat nose. The comma-shaped ears and the skull disproportionately are characteristic of the lobi statuary. It is always through the mediation of the diviner that the order of a bataba is ordered from a sculptor, interpreting for the villagers the wishes of the thila, who are the tutelary geniuses, spirits of the ancestors or invisible forces, who will be incarnated in these sculptures. Offerings or sacrifices are lavished on them, for the protection, the fertility, the settlement of the conflicts, the management of interdicts, the cult of the ancestors, or any kind of circumstance or problem which animates the material, social and spiritual life of the initiates .