Ancestor Figure

Kayan Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia, 19th – early 20th C.
PROVENANCE: Drs. Jean and Noble Endicott, New York

This ancestor figure from the Kayan Dayak in Borneo is one of many figures, which were displayed in wooden boats, called Soul Ships. Ancestor worship was an integral part of Indonesian culture. Soul ships represented a vessel through which the souls of the deceased, embodied by such figures as this, were transported to the land of the dead. This ancestor figure stands in contrapposto, suggesting movement. The weathering of cave patina on this particular figure is quite remarkable and easily seen. The left arm is missing, due to an old break.

Height: 8 in. high.
IN 9-2-13 / SOLD