The Lobi figure is called “bateba,” carved in human-like form which was used as a repository for a spirit called Thil. These figures were placed on altars in family shrines and were used for protection against illness, misfortune and to ensure the good will of ancestors.

Origin: Ivory Coast
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a Bay area collection
Materials: Wood, encrustation with custom stand
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: $500
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