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Female Figure (Bateba Phuwe)

A work made of wood and sacrificial material.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood and sacrificial material.

Date:

Late 19th or early 20th century

Artist:

Lobi
Burkina Faso
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Among the Lobi and their neighbors, protective spirits associated with families and the land reside in shrines that are filled with offerings of bottles, iron staffs, pottery vessels, clay figurines, and wooden statuary. A figure like this may be placed in such a shrine to serve as an assistant to the spirit. Offerings of chicken blood, millet beer, and shea butter are applied to the sculpture to ensure the benevolence of the spirit world.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Lobi

Title

Female Figure (Bateba Phuwe)

Place

Burkina Faso (Object made in)

Date

1801–1900

Medium

Wood and sacrificial material

Dimensions

78.1 × 20.3 × 15.2 cm (30 3/4 × 8 × 6 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2002.533

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