Gallery Bacara

Lobi Carved Wood Staff

$800 SGD

 Materials: Wood

  • Height: 23.5 inches
  • Width: 2 inches
  • Depth: 2 inches

This is a beautifully carved wood Staff from the Lobi Tribal People of Burkina Faso. This wooden figure, called bateba, depicts a Lobi male standing upright. His upper arms go straight down then bend at the elbows at almost 90 degrees, with his hands resting at either side of his stomach. The head has pronounced lips that stick out past the rest of his head. His nose comes straight down from his forehead and goes down just past the nose. As is typical of such figures, the shoulders are squared and the pecs or chest muscles are W-shaped. Bateba generally translates to “wooden carved figure”. The Lobi consider these figures to be protective house spirits. . Families provide offerings and sacrifices to the spirits that reside in the figures in hopes of keeping them happy so they continue to serve the family.


*This item ships from America. 

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