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Massive 19th C. Indonesian Dayak Wood Figural Hampatong
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Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak culture, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. A massive wooden hampatong carving of two ancestral figures, presenting a characteristically stylized form upon an integral pedestal. The taller figure wears a pointed headdress or crown, and the lower figure grasps the waist of the other, like a small child, and the head is unnaturally turned to face forward. Despite the affectionate and intimate placement of the figures, the faces are eerily abstract and menacing; note the sharp teeth of the mother! The dramatic visages were meant to frighten away any evil spirits or living enemies. Flanking the figures’ sides are support beams extending between the elbows and knees that help reinforce the openwork. Hampatongs of this size were placed outside entrances or as markers for fields and graves as protective, guardian spirits. The wood is sundrenched to a white hue with nice signs of age and weathering from standing guard over a village. Size: 12" W x 64.75" H (30.5 cm x 164.5 cm); 65" H (165.1 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Johnson collection, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#163554
Condition
Losses to ears on both figures and chips to high pointed areas. Stable pressure fissures throughout. Break line across right wrist of upper figure, but hand is stable. Old inactive insect cavities on crown. Nice sun whitened surface and patina.
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Massive 19th C. Indonesian Dayak Wood Figural Hampatong

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0125A: Massive 19th C. Indonesian Dayak Wood Figural Hampatong

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Est. $6,000 - $9,000Starting Price $3,000
Fine Antiquities | Asian | Ethnographic Art
Aug 26, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
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Description
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Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak culture, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. A massive wooden hampatong carving of two ancestral figures, presenting a characteristically stylized form upon an integral pedestal. The taller figure wears a pointed headdress or crown, and the lower figure grasps the waist of the other, like a small child, and the head is unnaturally turned to face forward. Despite the affectionate and intimate placement of the figures, the faces are eerily abstract and menacing; note the sharp teeth of the mother! The dramatic visages were meant to frighten away any evil spirits or living enemies. Flanking the figures’ sides are support beams extending between the elbows and knees that help reinforce the openwork. Hampatongs of this size were placed outside entrances or as markers for fields and graves as protective, guardian spirits. The wood is sundrenched to a white hue with nice signs of age and weathering from standing guard over a village. Size: 12" W x 64.75" H (30.5 cm x 164.5 cm); 65" H (165.1 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Johnson collection, Los Angeles, California, USA

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#163554
Condition
...
Losses to ears on both figures and chips to high pointed areas. Stable pressure fissures throughout. Break line across right wrist of upper figure, but hand is stable. Old inactive insect cavities on crown. Nice sun whitened surface and patina.

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