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Loan Object


19th century


229.87 × 10.8 × 60.96 cm (90 1/2 × 4 1/4 × 24 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
Before widespread conversions to Christianity and Islam in the Moluccas, images were carved to represent specific ancestors, whose spirits were then invited to reside in the wooden figures. Ancestors are often shown seated, in the posture assumed by elders when consulting on community affairs. The body is usually depicted nude, although it may be adorned with a headdress, bracelets, and earrings. The face looks straight ahead.
Made in Leti, Moluccas, Indonesia
19th century
Ritual Objects
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