Rare megalithic ancestor figure "gowe ni’oniha", 2nd half 19th centuryClick here to view a larger version of the image
Rare megalithic ancestor figure "gowe ni’oniha", 2nd half 19th century
Indonesia - South Nias
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Emile Deletaille, Brussels, Belgium (1998)
||H: 29.9 inch||8000 EUR / 16000 EUR|
lime stone, base Most megalithic sculpture is commemorative in nature, created to honour members of the nobility, a tradition inspired by the people’s strong belief in ancestor spirit worship. This stone sculptures are used to mark burial grounds or are simply placed outside houses to commemorate deceased family members. The rest of an appendix on the head suggests that the figure originally had a sculptural top. But it could also have served as an architectural part of a house (base of a supporting pillar) to protect the inhabitants from evil forces. This figure captivates with its clearly defined geometric forms, which make it appear surprisingly modern.