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Female Figure (Bateba)

early 20th century

Wood, twine, and beads

21 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 5 in. (54.61 × 11.43 × 12.7 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn for the Linton Collection of African Art
1959.72.2
Bateba figures are found primarily in the household shrines of Lobi villagers. They are thought to serve as intermediaries between the human and spirit realms. This example is somewhat unusual: the woman’s long, muscular legs, the forward thrust of her shoulders, and the slight angle at which she stands make for a more dynamic treatment of the human figure than is typically found in Lobi statuary.
Geography: 
Geography Burkina Faso
Culture: 
Lobi
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Dr. Ralph Linton, Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale, unknown date–1953
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn donated to Yale University Art Gallery for the Linton Collection of African Art in 1959

Bibliography: 

Ralph Linton, The Linton Collection of African Sculpture: An Exhibition, March 13 through April 18, 1954, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1954), no. 13.

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