African Woods: collection
   
 
 
 
  Lobi from Loropeni in Burkina Faso, Thil dopka 20cm high
Bought in Accra, Ghana
 
 

This type of carving represents an exceptional person; one that can have two almost identical faces - one expression is quizzical the other is surprised.
It is most often women who use these carvings. These Janus bateba can look in more than one direction at the same time and so keep a better watch than an ordinary bateba.
“In or out of the house you can still be seen - so, obey and behave.”

 
 
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