Loan Object
Photo by Johan Vipper
Photo credit: Johan Vipper

Female Ancestor Figure (Itara)

19th century

Wood with cord

40 x 9.5 x 10.5 cm (15 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/8 in.) base: 12 x 11 x 5 cm (4 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 1 15/16 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.219.1
On Atauro, ancestor pairs are hung inside the house from a sacred hook called a ruma tara.
Culture: 
Atauro
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
Made in Atauro, East Timor
Status: 
Not on view
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