A well executed Female Fertility symbol. She is depicted with her hands on her impregnated belly and bringing abundance also with the pot on her head. She stands tall on a base that is decorated with cross hatching.
Red cedarwood or petrocarpus indicus that has been finished to this shine using a young teak leaf as sandpaper and then rubbed with siri stick dipped in lime powder then polished using a wild boar tusk.
48cm / 19″ tall.
Timor has a long tradition of carving ancestor or guardian figures for various functions. One is to protect those still earthbound within the family and another is to use as a “photograph” to tell stories of the person to descendants. Fetish and fertility statues have their place in the society and are used by the Dukun or village Shaman to bring about auspicious circumstances for women and crops. Totem poles and offering platforms are still be be found dotted throughout the kampongs in the highlands.
Still carved today using little more than a machete and a penknife by those who continue the carving tradition. For more detailed information about Timor and I please go to www.timortreasures.com/julie .
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