19TH C. TOBA BATAK ANCESTOR FIGURE SUMATRA
Origin: Indonesia, Sumatra, Toba Batak people (Provenance: Found in an old UK collection)
Period/Date: 19th century
Materials: hardwood, libations, sacrificial likely blood patina
Description: Quality old Batak sculpture is very collectible and hard to find now. This male ancestor figure "debata idup" with conical head has defined facial features with well-formed relief-carved ears. It has a wonderful semi-encrusted patina from years of use. Its arms are resting on the abdomen having very defined hands and fingers, above a phallus. It was like made as a pair, coupled with a female. Characteristic in Batak sculpture, its lower half is roughly hewn and blocky. Its surface has rhythmic adze and tool marks. In good condition with no loss or restoration. Presented on a custom bronze base.
Dimensions: Length 15.75" (40 cm), Width 3" (7.5 cm)
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