Ancestor Figure
Nias, Indonesia, 19th Century
Provenance: Museum of Primitive Art, old inventory number (in red) 59.49.

Nias ancestor figures are displayed inside a chief’s house as a protective device. Representing deceased ancestors, these figures were beautifully carved. Reminiscent of cubist style sculpture, this example is depicted with great tension and posture. The tall royal crown, chiefly adornments, delicately carved hands and feet, and symmetrical facial features are elegantly depicted, suggesting the figure’s importance. The carved lines in profile create a sense of dynamic movement. The unique patina is the result of generations of use.

Height: 14.5 inches
IN. 3-7-16 / Price on Request


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