An interesting and evocative image, handcarved from teak that has been darkened. It apprears to have some age with an encrusted patina.
A flat bust depicted with its hands held up in front as if in supplication. Estimated age 10-20years. From the highlands of central West Timor.
30cm tall x 12cm wide.
12″ tall x 5″ wide.
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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