Dayak Hampatong

Ref : Dayak 45

Dayak Hampatong Iron wood standing male ancestor figure collected from the Ot Danum tribes of central Borneo, Parangkaraya area, Kapuas river. The term ‘hampatong’ refers to a wide range of figurative sculptures created by the various indigenous groups of Borneo, collectively known as Dayak peoples. Rather than one homogeneous society, Borneo is home to numerous communities with differing customs, languages and distinct art traditions.
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 and large sculptures that are sometimes over two metres in height.
The present Hampatong was placed near the house to depict recently deceased ancestors and may have individualised human features in detailed carving. These sculptures provide a temporary home for the souls of the dead and are a personal expression of remembrance for deceased individuals. The ornate ancestor carvings also serve a protective spiritual function—they are a primary means of preventing disease from entering homes.
This special Hampatong still have remnant of dried orchids common in the tropical rain forest of Borneo

Height : 154 cm / 60.5 inch

Circa  1880