The miniature Lobi figure called “bateba,” is an ancestor spirit figurine carved in human-like form from very dense wood.   These figures were placed on altars in family shrines and were used for protection against illness, misfortune, in helping find lost items and helping women conceive children.

Origin:  Ivory Coast
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance:  From a California,  Bay Area Collection
Materials:  Wood, encrustation with a custom base
Dimensions:  5 1/4 in high  x  1 3/4 in  wide 
Condition: Figure in good condition with encrusted patina with slight age cracks on back, buttocks and top of head
Inventory #A3435
Price:  $450
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