Ancestor figure

Large figural sculptures such as this were often placed outside of the Dayak longhouse. Known as hampatong these were believed to protect the village and frighten away malicious spirits. Often hampatong were carved in the form of deceased ancestors, particularly great warriors and respected elders. This one is unusually dynamic, with a lithe, muscular body and an elegant but powerful stance.

Indigenous Name
Hampatong
Date/Period
19th century or earlier
Region
West Kalimantan, Borneo
Dimension
Object size: 199.0 x 35.0 x 24.0 cm
Accession No.
2017-00539
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Purchased with funds from Edmond Chin and MCCY
Category
Woodcarving