Άγαλμα προγόνου - Ξύλο - adu nuwu - Nias, Indonesia

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Άγαλμα προγόνου - Ξύλο - adu nuwu - Nias, Indonesia
Mid 20th century - Καλή

Adu Nuwu Ancestor Figurine
Nias culture, west of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Middle of the 20th century.
Wood.
Height: 17 cm; Width: 4 cm; Depth: 3.5 cm.
(ancient crack)

Masculine effigy in wood with a moustache and a tall slender hairdo with a palm leaf decoration. It is standing on its thick legs with angular features, slightly bent and individualised from each other. The feet with digited toes lay on a circular base. The belly is pierced with a rectangular notch. The missing arms are a characteristic sign of the Adu Nuwu. The neck, marked by a notch cut into the matter, is ornamented with a torque named kalabulu. The face is slightly leaning forwards, the bold skull presents ears forming a comma.

Adu means “ancestor”. These statuettes, bearing the spirit of the deceased, were carved at the death of a family member and then kept in the houses. They guaranteed protection in exchange of offerings. The special crown masks refer to the cosmic tree.

Λεπτομέρειες παρτίδας
Άγαλμα προγόνου
adu nuwu
Nias, Indonesia
Material
Ξύλο
Mid 20th century
Καλή
Sold with stand
Όχι
17×4×3.5 cm
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