Ancestor Figure 10946
Leti Island
19th/very early 20th Century
Ex J. Camp Gallery New York, ex Anthony F. Granucci
5 in/13 cm


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Small ancestor figures were placed on household altars to offer protection and well being on the islands of Leti, located in the southwest Moluccas. They represent some of the most sought after traditional sculpture of tribal Indonesia because of their fluid carving of the legs and abstract/minimalist stylization of the faces as exemplified in this case. Its provenance no doubt descends from an old Dutch Collection to a legendary NYC gallery in the late 1970's, to a famous collection.