A Moba altar figure (sakwa cicilg)
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Sculpture: Pre 1920: item # 1249189
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michael cichon tribal arts
P.O. Box 5919
Bradenton, FL 34281
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|This pleasantly eroded figure of an ancestor or family chief functioned as a protective sculpture on a household altar, safe-guarding the entire family. A high level of abstraction makes Moba carvings instantly recognizable. The long, thin arms are cut-free and hang straight down alongside the body. A larger diameter chest area is still apparent on the otherwise cylindrical body. This figure is 10 7/8" in height x 2.75" in width, and was, most likely, slightly larger before the desiccation took place. In very fine, solid condition with remains of a darker, smooth surface on the torso. Early 20th century. Provenance: Henri L. Schouten collection. With steel peg mount on a wooden base.|