wo2: Guardian or Ancestor Figure.

Kontu Dayak. West Kalimantan, Borneo Island, Indonesia.
Hardwood. H: 48" (122 cm). 19th century or earlier.
Guardian sculpture with outstretched arms. Sometimes described as territory markers.
Other information indicates they represented important ancestors, that were placed in sacred outdoor areas.
In the Borneo art market, the term "Patong Polisi" or Police Statue, is often used to describe this type of figure.
Arms are original to this piece.
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