Large wood sculpture, carved into a seated figure, drawn up knees, squatting on a square base, face showing alert, holding a knife with the left hand.
Dayak people, like other Borneo’s indigenous cultures, carve a variety of wood figures portraying humans, animals or supernatural creatures. Those statues, known collectively as hampatong, honor the dead and protect the living preventing dangerous spirits from entering the community. This figure's tranquil naturalism distinguishes it from other types of hampatong, which are often characterized by exaggerated features.
Dark brown patina, damaged, cracks, traces of weathering.
H: 74 cm (29 inch).
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Regional & Ethnic Antiques