Standing female, figure "bateba phuwe" Lobi, Burkina Faso.
Artist: Tyohepte Pale.
Tyohepte Pale (1915 - 2001) was a famous carver and sooth sayer of the Lobi. 21 of his figures are part of the permanent exhibition in the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. The Lobi distinguish four types of "bateba" protective figures: "bateba phuwe" (the so-called "ordinary bateba"), "bateba bambar" ("paralyzed bateba"), "bateba ti puo" ("dangerous persons") and "bateba ti bala" ("the extraordinary persons").
Wood, spotty, brown patina, remains of kaolin, accentuated cut facial features with an arrow-shaped nose, min. dam., cracks, minor missing parts, traces of wear and use, on metal plate.
H: 38 cm, H: 15 inch.