Burkina Faso, fine aged and weathered surface. Simple and bold features with an appealing and elegant balance. height 30in
Exhibited: Governors State University, IL, 2003 Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003 Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004 Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005
Published: Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.4, fig.11
These figures collectively called Bateba are ordered by priests and diviners at the request of a particular presiding thil deity. Such figures are kept in shrines as living personages that see, communicate and intervene in the life of Lobi villagers in warding off disease or witchcraft.