A Moba Tchitchiri sculpture, northern Togo, standing on shortened high abstract legs, tapering hips, an extremely simple, long, genderless body with elongated arms, a spherical head; an extremely heavy, hard wood, heavy weathered, posted on a blackened plinth.
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’.
Lit.: Erwin Melchardt: Moba, Togo: an ancestral and protective figure, ‘tchitcheri’, Lot No. 45; K.-F. Schädler: Encyclopedia of African Art and Cultur, fig. p. 438.
600 - 700,- Euro
Height: 113,5 cm Weight: 12,60 kg (incl. stand)
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