Loan Object
Photo by Johan Vipper
Photo credit: Johan Vipper

Female Ancestor Figure (Ana Deo)

19th century

Wood

77 × 25 × 18 cm (30 5/16 × 9 13/16 × 7 1/16 in.) base: 19 × 21.5 × 10 cm (7 1/2 × 8 7/16 × 3 15/16 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.355
Before the Ngada converted to Catholicism in the early twentieth century, their villages had temple structures that housed carved wooden ancestral figures, called ana deo. Today, one still sees smaller ancestor shrines in village centers.
Culture: 
Ngada
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
Made in Flores, Indonesia
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: J.P.Jernander, Brussels. Seller: John-Pierre Jernander. Date acquired: 2002. First known collector: unknown

Bibliography: 

Marie Jeanne Adams, “A “Forgotten” Bronze Ship and a Recently Discovered Bronze Weaver from Eastern Indonesia: A Problem Paper,” Asian Perspectives 20, no. 1 (1979).

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