S255 – A very interesting old ancestoral figure from the village of Bele on the south coast of West Timor. Handcarved from plamwood that has deepened in color to this black over the years. Exaggerated elongated body that is characteristic of certain styles and areas in Timor. With hands clasped over genitals and a bulge on the back of the head that is probably a bun indicating feminine spirit figure. Adorned with a decorative scroll protrusion out of the forehead. This protrustion has had an indigenous repair. Estimated age 25 years.
79cm tall x 18cm dia.
31″ tall x 27″ dia.
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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