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Hampatong

Ngaju Dayak, Central Borneo, Indonesia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Irwin Hersey, New York, acquired in Indonesia in the 1970’s

Conceived in classic hunkered position; this example stands out because of its rare size; it is smaller than most examples.  Its size and patina suggests it was kept inside the longhouse. The face on this figure is very expressive.  A protective bird like juata spirit is positioned on its back. The figure sits atop a stylized Chinese porcelain trade jar. The patina is darkened an varied suggesting it was repeatedly handled. Carved from ironwood, it’s in excellent condition.

Hampatong

Ngaju Dayak, Central Borneo, Indonesia
Early 20th century

Provenance: Irwin Hersey, New York, acquired in Indonesia in the 1970’s

Conceived in classic hunkered position; this example stands out because of its rare size; it is smaller than most examples.  Its size and patina suggests it was kept inside the longhouse. The face on this figure is very expressive.  A protective bird like juata spirit is positioned on its back. The figure sits atop a stylized Chinese porcelain trade jar. The patina is darkened an varied suggesting it was repeatedly handled. Carved from ironwood, it’s in excellent condition.

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