3510: Ancestral Figure.

Atauro Island, Indonesia.
Hardwood. H: 23.75" (60.3 cm).

The figure is unusual in several ways. It is taller than most at 24”. It is a clearly male figure in an unusual stance, with the wider placement of the legs.
It doesn’t have the rigid form of most of these figures, especially the pairs that one mostly sees in collections. It does have the forward hunched shoulders and cap
worn by many of the male figures, as well as the typical ears and hands and bracelets. It has an interesting “sunburst" around the navel.

The feature I find most interesting is the child-like figure on the front of the main figure. I have seen many Indonesian figures with what is often described
as a baby or child attached, often to female figures. Sometimes they are just carved on the front or back, sometimes they appear to be held by the main figure.
In this case the smaller figure is shown as an amulet, hanging like a necklace on the front of main figure. This necklace cord is also wrapped a couple of times
around the neck of the main figure. The smaller figure is also a male. I don’t recall coming across this imagery before in Indonesian art.
It doesn’t appear to me to be a child. I believe that the smaller figure may represent an enemy victim taken in warfare, hanging from the neck of the victor like a “trophy”.

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