A Moba Tchicheri sculpture, Northern Togo, of straight form, extremly weatherd and heavy-hard wood, around the "neck"of this Tchicheri there was once a carved decoration, which reminds of the eroded remnants of a necklace, probably this sculpture belongs to the second catergory of Moba figures, the classufication of Erwin Melchardt.
The Moba people, who live in northern Togo on the border of Burkina Faso, are known for their highly abstract, human figures. A round, spherical head sits – in most cases with no neck – on an extremely simple, long, genderless body with proportionally short arms and legs. The Moba distinguish three varieties of the same type, each one according to size. 1: small figures made of wood or iron. They are personal, individual protective figures and are placed on altars. They are called ‘Yendu tchitcheri’. 2: medium-sized figures, made of wood, that represent an important family ancestor. They are placed on the house altar of this family, are honoured and receive sacrificial offerings. They are called ‘Bavong tchitcheri’. 2: large (almost life-size) figures made of wood that represent an important clan founder. They are placed outdoors and should protect the entire village. They are called ‘Sakab tchitcheri’.Source: Erwin Melchardt.
1.500 - 1.800,- Euro
Height: 106 cm Weight: 10,6 kg
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