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Moba Shrine Figure Togo African Art On Base

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Title Moba Shrine Figure Togo African Art On Base
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Togo
People Moba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 13 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Depth: 3.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good to fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Two large cracks.

Additional Information:   The Moba live in the north of Togo spreading over into the area of Burkina Faso and a few in the north of Ghana. Figures known as "tchitcheri sakab," are prescribed by diviners to be placed on shrines serving individuals, clans and villages. Representing clan ancestors (sakab means old man/person ) figures were placed in shrines known as tingban, dedicated to the earth. The figures range in size and larger examples are often buried up to their waists in the earth by the shrine. They would often be given the names of ancestors and sometimes dressed or given miniature farming tools to hold.Carved out of light colored wood, Moba figures are highly abstracted with no facial features and minimal sexual identity with rudimentary male and female genitalia indicated. There is no indication of figure carving among the Moba over the last century.One is reminded of the figure found among the Lobi where they are also buried in the ground by family shrines.