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Manufacturer: Unknown
Wooden Ancester Figure Papua Raja Empat Isles

On the Raja Empat Islands (West Papua) people used to put ancestor figures in the mountains under cliffs or along the seaside. It has both Korwar influence and Moluccas. A figure such as this not only represents someone who has passed away but also the person's parafernalia like in this case a drum.
This figure comes from Mayalibit Bay
Size: 12-1/2 Inches Tall x approx. 4 Inches W x 3 Inches D
Age: Posssibly Mid 20th Century or earlier
Condition: weathered patina and evidence of old insect depredation, now stablilized. Part of the base appears to have been sheared off and the base is slightly uneven so that the figure needs support to stand. Overall it is in good condition for its age and use. The photos of the back shows holes. Also there is a hole on the right shoulder which probably were insect invasions while the figure was in the elements. The face is very weathered as is the rest of the figure.
Weight: 8 oz

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