Adu Nuwu Ancestor Figurine
Nias culture, west of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Middle of the 20th century.
Height: 17 cm; Width: 4 cm; Depth: 3.5 cm.
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.
- Άγαλμα προγόνου
- adu nuwu
- Nias, Indonesia
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 17×4×3.5 cm