Lot: 17699th Auction
Ancestor figure "adu zatua"
Indonesia - Nias
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Herbert Hamak, Hammelburg, Germany||H: 12.4 inch||
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This figure wears a palm leaf crown and long earrings "sialu", as they were typically worn by women.
The figures served as homes for the spirits of deceased ancestors and were common throughout Nias. They served as a medium to contact the ancestors. They were revered and received offerings.