Loan Object
Photo by Johan Vipper
Photo credit: Johan Vipper

Ancestor Figure (Hampatong)

17th–18th century

Wood

35 x 17 x 18 cm (13 3/4 x 6 11/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.285
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.
Culture: 
Ngaju
Period: 
17th–18th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
Made in Borneo, Indonesia
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: Jacques Marchais, Paris; J. J. Porchez, Paris, purchased Jakarta 1980. Seller: Fraysse & Associes.

Bibliography: 

Jerome Feldman, The Eloquent Dead: Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 1985), 23, fig. 8.

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