Squatting female ancestor figure "iene" with sacrificial bowlClick here to view a larger version of the image
Squatting female ancestor figure "iene" with sacrificial bowl
Indonesia - Moluccas - Leti Island
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Piet Lepelaar, Leiden, The Netherlands||H: 10.9 inch||3500 EUR / 8000 EUR|
wood, shell, rest., missing part (nose)
These figures were to serve as homes for the souls of the deceased.
According to old reports (Riedel,1886) they were made by specialists five days after a death, which is the appropriate moment for the soul to enter the statuette.To attract the soul, the "iene" were placed on a gold plate, and wrapped in red cloth.
The figures were kept in the upper part of the house and worshipped daily with prayers and food offerings. They served as a link between the spirit world and the realm of the living.