This striking wooden abstract figure, known as Tchitcheri Sakab, was expertly crafted by the talented Moba People of Togo. For the Moba, the act of communicating with and venerating their ancestors is of utmost importance, and this is reflected in their traditional artistic practices.
The tikpierroa, or woodcarvers, of the Moba tribe meticulously fashion tchitcheri, wooden figures, as offerings to honor their ancestors. It is believed that only the sons of diviners are capable of crafting these important representations.
While the Moba figures are based on the human form, they are abstracted and genderless, imbuing them with a sense of universality. Each individual figure serves a unique purpose and represents a distinct ancestor within the community.
Tchitcheri Sakab is a remarkable example of the Moba people’s artistic and spiritual traditions, and serves as a testament to the enduring importance of ancestor veneration within their culture.
Pacific Lutheran University. 2021. “Moba Tchitcheri Shrine Figure.” Tacoma: African Art Collection Catalog, Pacific Lutheran University.