Dayak Ancestor figure

Ref : Dayak 66

Dayak Ancestor figure Woodem standing male ancestor figure collected from the Ot Danum tribes of central Borneo, Parangkaraya area, Kapuas river.
The form and function of hampatong vary between different Dayak groups but they are generally carved from hardwood and include amulets and small figures for domestic use as this one and large sculptures that are sometimes over five metres in height.
The present Hampatong was for domestic use and kept inside the house to depict recently deceased ancestor. This sculpture provide a temporary home for the soul of the dead and its a personal expression of remembrance for deceased individual.

This special Hampatong still have remnant of old pigmentation and shows a very nice patina of use and age.

Height : 24 cm / 9.5 inch

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