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Loan Object

Ancestor Figure (Ana Deo)

19th century

Wood, copper discs, and nails

72 × 23 × 17 cm (28 3/8 × 9 1/16 × 6 11/16 in.)
base: 8 × 24 × 17.5 cm (3 1/8 × 9 7/16 × 6 7/8 in.)
Lent by Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
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.
Made in Flores, Indonesia
19th century
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