Loan Object

Granary Door

19th century

Wood and metal

136 x 49 x 9 cm (53 9/16 x 19 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.) base: 84 x 61 x 23 cm (33 1/16 x 24 x 9 1/16 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.809

The granary door is carved with geometric interlace patterns in shallow relief, with a pair of breasts in the upper part.

In many parts of Timor the interior of the house is associated with women. That concept is emphasized here by the representation of female breasts.

Culture: 
Belu or Tetum
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Architectural Elements
Geography: 
Made in Timor, Indonesia
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Seller: P. Kesner (acquired from him 2011-11-04)

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