Bateba - Lobi Peoples
Bateba – Ti Puo aka Duntundara, (dangerous bateba), with outstretched arms.
Bateba can have a wide range of purposes. This bateba, a Ti Puo or Duntundara, (dangerous bateba), identified by his outstretched arms, was made to protect the owner from harmful forces, disease, and/or witchcraft.
It has been told that Christian missionaries once converted an elderly Lobi man, and in his conversion of faith he gave up on his bateba, throwing them into a body of water. As the elderly man turned away from the water, turning his back on the spirits, the bateba leapt out of the water to reclaim the man. It is for this reason that when a Lobi person converts to Christianity or Islam, they will most often burn their bateba, or sell them at a marketplace.
Mounted on a metal stand.
Measures 11 inches tall.
Shows some cracking.