Deity figure

Bulul figures represent deified ancestors. They were believed to be inhabited by living spirits which if properly looked after could keep away disease and misfortune. Bulul were often stored in rice granaries where they were believed to keep away marauding vermin and evil spirits alike. Figures carved in a squatting position are a widespread and archaic style common to many indigenous peoples around island Southeast Asia.

Indigenous Name
bulul
Date/Period
19th century
Dimension
Object size: 84.0 x 23.0 x 25.0 cm
Accession No.
2017-00540
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving