PROVENANCE: Collected between 1970 and 1980, private Belgian collection.
Age: Early to mid-XXth century.
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HEIGHT: 73 cm on metal stand ( included in your package ).
Ancestor figure (bavong tchitchiri) elevates the human figure to an elemental form.
An abstract elongated Tchitchiri figure, used by the Moba in Togo . These figures where placed in shrines to offer outside in the village to favorise good crops, honoring the spirits of the ancestors.
CONDITION: Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear. Scratches, and cracks in the wood ( see pictures)
MAP: The Moba live above Lome ( see map) and north-western Togo.
Among the Moba of northern Togo and Ghana, wooden figures called tchitcheri (sing. thiticherik) are prescribed by diviners to enhance the efficacy of personal, household, and village shrines. Carved from a single piece of wood, tchitcheri are rendered in highly abstract, minimalist human form.
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