Dayak Ancestor figure

Ref : Dayak 50

Dayak Ancestor figure Dayak ancestor figure "Hampatong" collected from the Ot Danum tribe of west Borneo, such statues were erected outside the long house to comemorate a deceased relative and protect the community against evil spirit, this one wear the Dutch colonialist officer's uniform of the 19th century, sign of respectability and high rank within the tribes men. Also called "Patung Polisi" it has a very deep weathered lichen patina from age due to almost two centuries under the heavy tropical rains of Borneo.

Height : 152 cm / 60 inches


Estimated age: 1820-1850