Tunjung, East Kalimantan, Borneo
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Alain Schoffel, France. Julio Herraiz, Spain.
Published: Illes dels Mars del Sud, 2001:Barcelona, p. 98. fig. 36.

These guardian figures were erected near the entrances to dwellings in villages. Slid onto large architectural forms, these objects were each carved for a specific purpose. This imposing male figure is depicted standing, wearing a detailed headdress. The ornate decoration on the base suggests that it represents a person of high rank. Exaggerated features, bulging eyes, open mouth, and crossed arms stance exudes power and authority. What is amazing about this object is its two dimensional quality created by the thinness of the wood.

Height: 23.5 inches
11-12-16 / SOLD


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