Lot: 162

98th Auction

Protective figure "bateba duntundara"

Burkina Faso, Lobi

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Belgian Private Collection, Antwerp H: 20.5 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pigments, base

Female figures whose heads are conspicuously turned to the side and which also show the belly of a pregnant woman with a particularly emphasised navel are often part of a male-female pair of figures.

These figures belong to the group of "bateba duntundara", which are supposed to protect their owners from witches and evil spirits.

"Duntundara" can be found in a broad range of representations, including figures that gesture dramatically or feature unusual physiological characteristics such as multiple heads or arms.


LaGamma, Alisa, Art and Oracle, New York 2000, p. 61 f.