MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Elderly Female Figure
Object Name:
Figure, Female
Other Name:
Figure, Female, Elderly
Place of Origin:
Lobi, Burkina Faso, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 9"
W = 4"
D = 4"

A carved bateba figure by the Lobi peoples represents a Thil, which is an invisible and bodiless being endowed with superhuman powers and abilities. The figure is used to control and manage events over which humans have no power, such as sickness and death. Each figure is carved to convey a particular demeanor with its gestures and is kept in a household shrine.

Bacquart, P. 68
Female figure with upraised arms behind large oval—shaped head, extended forward. Large protruding eyes, wedge—shaped short nose, full protruding lips, small crescent—shaped ears, small pointed breasts. Protruding stomach with large navel, short bent legs with wedge—shaped feet. Buff—colored patina over entire surface.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Patina
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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