Moba figures stand as sentinels in front of Togo homes and village entrances, and are also placed on intimate family altars, providing protection for those who respect them. Traditionally Tchitcheri could only be birthed by individuals whose fathers were diviners, the carving considered a highly delicate operation, requiring special prayers and precautions for these ritually charged objects. Many of the Mobas presented here have seen years of exposure, and as they have weathered became more highly valued in the culture. In their minimalist aesthetic, these Mobas merge the best of the "primitive" and the post-contemporary.
An old Moba shrine figure (Tchitcheri Sakwa) from Togo, W. Africa. Tchitcheri can only be fashioned by individuals whose father are diviners. Carving Tchitcheri is considered a highly delicate operation, requiring special prayers and precautions for those who create such ritually charged objects. This is a weathered piece with good surface wear, the wood dense and hard. Interesting is the treatment of the bottom torso, one hip jutting out. Pieces of this age and character have become difficult to source. Overall good condition. A rare piece, mounted on a custom museum stand.
Weight: 2.8kg. / 6lbs. 4oz.
Height: 93cm. / 36in.
Width: 14cm. / 5.5in.