Pair of ancestor figures

This pair of figures representing ancestors was made to act as guardians. They are beautiful examples of the often highly stylised and simple sculptural art of the remote island of Babar in eastern Indonesia.These figures would have been placed strategically near the entrance to a village and were meant to protect the community from otherworldly dangers such as malevolent spirits which could bring disease or cause accidents.

Date/Period
Late 19th - early 20th century
Region
Moa Lakor District, Babar, Southwest Maluku, Indonesia
Dimension
Gross Measurement: 124 cm, Gross Measurement: 137 cm
Accession No.
2014-01179
Material
Wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving

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