Loan Object

Altar

19th century

Wood

229.87 x 10.8 x 60.96 cm (90 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 24 in.)
Lent by Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2016.13.20
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.
Culture: 
Leti
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Ritual Objects
Geography: 
Made in Leti, Moluccas, Indonesia
Status: 
Not on view
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