Batak Ancestor Guardian Figure Sumatra
Origin: Indonesia, Sumatra, Batak People Provenance: Ex Dave De Roche Piedmont CA.
Period: Mid 20th C. (1940- early 1960's)
Materials: Medium hard wood, stain, libations
Description: This ancestor guardian figure was made for ritual use and has many classical features like the curled ears, angular chin, hand placement, undulating body, duck bill coiffure and how both legs transition into "one". It also shows some transitional influence mostly in the eyes. It has an overall whimsical and alert expression and countenance. It has acquired a varied dry patina turning from light brown to a dark reddish brown. The base of the figure at one time may have been longer for insertion into a wood block? It is presented on a wooden base with a custom plaque marked "Batak Sumatra".
Everything in the life of the Batak was about power, magic and animism which could only be accessed and navigated by the a Datu Priest.
Dimensions: Height 12.25” (31 cm), Width 1.75” (4.5 cm)