"Bateba Ti Puo Statuette, Burkina Faso, Lobi People, Second Half Of The 20th Century"
Origin: Burkina faso
Antiquity: Second half of the 20th century
Off stand: 20.8 x 11.6 cm
Condition: Nice shiny patina, slits to report
Provenance: Former private collection
Beautiful female representation of a fetish Bateba Ti Puo. The character is figured from the front, camped on slightly bent legs. The elongated body with stylized volumes receives a drooping breast and a small protruding navel. The detached arms of the body are put forward in a protective attitude. The face welcomes two large coffee bean eyes framing a small wide nose. The half-open mouth overhangs a prognathic chin, the ears signified by an incised square. The dynamism of the subject is accentuated by the distortion of the asymmetrical limbs and by the slight inclination of the blow.
This kind of fetish belonging to the category of Ti Puo or 'dangerous people' were placed in the sacred room of the family altar in order to implore the Thila and to protect against witchcraft and harmful magic. They are represented with one or two arms raised to stop any intrusion.