African Woods: collection
   
 
 
 
  Lobi Bateba 20cm high
Bought from Christopher Gange in Marlborough via Frank Robichef at Primitif, in Paris
 
 

This bateba is a female figure with a cap-like coiffure sitting on top of her head and ending in a point at the back.
Daniela Bognolo has suggested that this carving comes from the school of Latera in Burkia Faso, between Kampti and Pasena and was made by a group of sculptors who were originally Thuuna. Traditionally these bateba were made with open mouths to show their teeth.

 
 
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