lobi bateba betise figure
country: burkina faso
size: 17.5" (44.5 cm)
provenace: scaasi collection
Lobi bateba figures have many styles and serve different purposes. The Bateba featured here is known as Bateba Betise, depicting a man and woman making love (with the man positioned behind the woman) and are prescribed for single men so that they find a wife or to women to avoid sterility or wished to have a child.
Notes on the Scaasi Collection: The bulk of the collection was put together in the 1970's from galleries in the New York area while the collector was living in Greenwich Village. His collecting continued over the years though with a piece added here and there through till the mid to late 1990’s. No documentation exists, the information is from family members.