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Ewe Moba Woven Shield Togo African Art

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Title Ewe Moba Woven Shield Togo African Art
Type of Object Shield, basket
Country of Origin Togo
People Moba or Ewe
Materials Vegetal fiber
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 8 Inches
Width: 15 Inches
Depth: 15 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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.

Additional Information:

The Ewe can be traced back to the region of "Ketu," which was Yoruba territory during the 14th century, in what is now the Republic of Benin. The aggressive Yourba eventually pushed the Ewe into a westward migration, and they ended up roughly where they are today, mostly in Ghana and Togo. Though the majority of cultures in this region choose leaders based on their mother's lineage, the Ewe appoint chief and attendants using male ancestors as their guides.

Recommended Reading: Kramer, H. Haute-Volta, 1973.