African Woods: collection
   
 
 
 
  Lobi This Bateba is only 15cm high
Bought from Galerie Noir d’Ivoire, Paris, ex-Yasmin Chenoufi collection in 1997
 
 

The most powerful of Lobi figures are those with arms outstretched. These ti bala or dangerous persons with hands held high are protection against witches.
They mimic the gestures performed by a women during funeral dances to drive away bad spells.
Made by a Lobi man who learned to carve in the region inhabited by the Thuuna people, close to Kampti.

 
 
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