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Wooden Sculpture of Totemic Figures from Timor Island, Indonesia (circa 1970s)


SKU 0900

Wooden carving / sculpture of kneeling wooden figure with another on the shoulders from Timor, Indonesia (circa 1970s). The piece is in fair vintage condition commensurate with age and use and is situated on a contemporary stand. There is an aged, characterful patina throughout.

Amongst the Aboriginal inhabitants of Timor and Tanimbar Islands, traditional practices of Animism and Ancestor worship predominate. Each village has a sacred house with a custodian priest and surrounding taboo area. Here, the practice of Animism, or nature-worship, is incorporated with the carving of ancestral statues and masks, which have a ritualistic function. Ancestral figure carvings are produced to honour the departed, and statues are carved and brought out to re-tell stories as a means to remember past family members. Similarly guardian spirits, ancestor figures or totemic spirits are all captured in wood, to be passed down for posterity and used in order to build the spiritual power of the village. The carvers work with local resources such as teak wood, red cedar wood, eucalyptus. This particular kneeling figure projects serenity, perhaps representing a revered elder relative. 

Dimensions (not including stand):

H 56 cm / 22.0"

W 6.5 cm / 2.6"

D 7.5 cm / 3.0"