and has a commanding presence. Warrior figures such as this one were made
to commemorate great feasts. This figure was hung outside the chief's
house during ceremonies held to honor the forging of gold head ornaments
worn by high ranking members of the tribe. It has a deep, honey brown
patina. Old black trade paint is evident on the helmet, shield, and necklace,
as well as on the eyebrows of the figure. It is in excellent condition,
with some slight stabilized age cracks at the base and back of the figure.
For two related examples see Nias Tribal Treasures. Volkenkung Museum,
Delft figures 68 and 69.