Ancestor Figure
North Nias, Indonesia
19th Century

PROVENANCE: Private European Collection

These sculptures represent the founding ancestors of important lineages in Nias society. Playing a vital role in daily life, the sculptures would have been present in each noble household, serving as a supernatural protector of the home. This example is an early rendition suggested by its archaic style. Depicted in a standing position and grasping a cup with both hands, the figure is adorned with an elaborate crown, a marker of its noble status, which would have been worn during major festivals.

Height: 9 1/2 in.
IN 10-5-15 / Price on Request