Ancestor figure "debata idup"
Indonesia - Sumatra, Batak
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|H: 9.1 inch||1500 EUR / 2500 EUR|
wood, miniature glass beads, base This figure was originally part of a pair of ancestor figures "debata idup", which were carved in the image of the founding ancestors of a clan or village. Like the elaborate magic wands, they were usually made by the "datu" priests. They were placed on racks inside the house where they were regularly "fed" and anointed. They played an important role in fertility rituals for childless couples.