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Ancestor Figure, iene

Leti Island, Indonesia
19th Century

Previous collection:  Old Dutch collection

This small, but beautifully carved seated female figure is from the island of Leti in Indonesia. Originally kept within the home, these figures represent recently deceased family members and served as a vessel through which a spirit could temporarily reside, receive offerings, or be consulted about important matters. This example is beautifully carved with elegant lines and great attention to detail.  The figure is holding on its lap and between its hands a ritual bowl.  The surface is nicely patinated from handling and on its back one can see the beautiful natural grain of the special wood chosen to carve this sacred figure.

Ancestor Figure, iene

Leti Island, Indonesia
19th Century

Previous collection:  Old Dutch collection

This small, but beautifully carved seated female figure is from the island of Leti in Indonesia. Originally kept within the home, these figures represent recently deceased family members and served as a vessel through which a spirit could temporarily reside, receive offerings, or be consulted about important matters. This example is beautifully carved with elegant lines and great attention to detail.  The figure is holding on its lap and between its hands a ritual bowl.  The surface is nicely patinated from handling and on its back one can see the beautiful natural grain of the special wood chosen to carve this sacred figure.

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