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Old Figure Belu District, West Timor, Indonesia
Size: 9½ H x 2¼ W x 1½ D
Condition: very good. Condition issues: the right eye is missing the left one is carved but from the look of the socket there seems to have been an eye in there at one time made of another material.
Weight: 4 Oz's.
Age: 1920 - 1940
Eucalyptus wood. It is dried out so well it seems light for this timber.
This figure would have been kept on a table (alter) in the back right hand side of the house and was an effigy of an ancestor to whom the Timorese prayed so that their ancestor would intercede on their part in times of drought, war etc.
Age cracks, blemishes, wear and tear and signs of repairs are the integral part of Tribal Art, which was meant to be used. These imperfections are considered normal and do not detract from the artistic and monetary value of the piece.