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Loan Object
Photo by Johan Vipper
Photo credit: Johan Vipper

Ancestor or Guardian Figure (Hampatong)

19th century

Wood with shell inlay

59 × 34 × 21 cm (23 1/4 × 13 3/8 × 8 1/4 in.) base: 2 × 24 × 20 cm (13/16 × 9 7/16 × 7 7/8 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.728
Funeral statues commemorating a deceased person are still set up near graves or in front of communal longhouses in Borneo. The figures are usually called hampatong, a term that means “effigy” or “figure.” A hampatong is not always an ancestor but can also represent a more general guardian figure that protects the living.
Geography: 
Made in Borneo, Indonesia
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Bahau
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: J. Stusinski, Los Angeles. Seller: Strusinski, 2001-2.

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