"Ancient Bateba Statue, Burkina Faso, Second Half Of The 20th Century"Origin: Burkina faso
Dating: Second half of the 20th century
Material: Wood with crusty patina
Off base: 29.7 x 7 cm
Provenance: Former private collection
Old Bateba statue with crusty patina. She represents a female character standing in a curved posture. The arms are glued along the body, the latter hosting a protruding navel. The upper body has a breast projected forward and is characterized by the absence of neck. The head is part of a triangular volume, the face worked hollow. Two large circular eyes frame a small and wide nose overhanging a prognathous mouth. The entire face receives a crusty patina, the top of the skull is pierced by a deep cavity.
It is always through the mediation of the diviner that the order of a batéba 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 conflicts, the management of prohibitions, the cult of the ancestors, or any kind of circumstance or problem which animates the material, social and spiritual life of the initiates.