Statue Moba Tchitcheri - African art



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Statue Moba Tchitcheri (N° 8831)

Ex collection French African art.
The Moba statues are recognizable by their extremely simplified sculpture, always with the same pattern: an imposing spherical head sometimes engraved with sketchy features resting on a body and filiform limbs. The patinas range from bright dark brown to the lightest and roughest wood.
This example for the village has a fairly clear raw patina. The complex texture of this patina is probably explained by the effects of desiccation and now stopped xylophageal attacks. The smaller works were intended for the family altar. The tchitcheri less than 25 cm in the capacity of the ichthitcher is a personal talisman.
On the soothsayer's threads were entitled to sculpt this protective effigy, this activity being deemed dangerous and sanctioned by a disease in case of non-compliance. The Tchitcheri represents an ancestor symbolized by a human body with an abstract face.
It is originally planted in the ground.
The Tchitcheri sakwa evokes the memory of the founder of a clan.
("The Soul of Africa, 0022, S. Diakonoff.)  

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OriginEx collection française
EthnyMoba
CountryTogo
Material(s)wood
Height cm116
Width13 cm
Weight4.80 Kg
Estimated dating1ère motié xx°
Socle includedYes

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