Lot: 12

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.


Sibeth, Achim & Bruce W. Carpenter, Batak Sculpture, Singapore 2007, p. 138