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3 Rice god "bulul"

Philippines - Ifugao

wood, dark brown patina, male figure in characteristic seated posture, rising from a waisted wooden block, eyes with porcelain inlay, dam., missing parts (big hole underneath the chin, base, ears, head), breakage (both upper arms), traces of weathering (base), cracks, abrasion of paint; the ritual sequence associated with the production of "bulul" images is long, elaborate, and requires considerable expenditure of resources. During activation ceremonies the "bulul" figures are bathed in the blood of a sacrificed pig, and at the conclusion of the ritual the figures are placed in the granary. They are associated with the production of bountiful harvests, capable of miraculously increasing the rice before and after it is stored in the granary. They are usually made in pairs, one male and one female. They are inherited by the first child of the family, along with associated rice fields.

H: 79 cm
H: 31.1 inch

Provenance
William Beyer (collected 1978)

Price: 12000 €

4 Vessel of betel set "djupu"

Indonesia - Northern Borneo, West Coast of Sabah

bronze, of bellied form with lid and floral decor, rep. (small missing parts), traces of corrosion; coming from the tribe of the Kadazandusun, settling on the peninsula of Klias in the area of the Gadung river. Such vessels belong to the most precious property of a family.

H: 14 cm; D: 18 cm
H: 5.5 inch; D: 7.1 inch

Provenance
August Flick, Cologne, Germany

Literature
Deimel, Claus (Hg.), Schätze aus Indonesien und der Südsee, Dresden 2006, p. 97, ill. 109

Price: 300 €

5 Standing female figure "hampatong"

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

wood (presumably iron wood), greyish brown patina, flat headdress with long neck lobe, crowned by a quadruped, slightly dam., missing parts (the animals head and tail, horn), cracks (upper part of the body, left wrist, the animals body), rep. (left forearm, the animals body ?), lichen in some areas, base; many Dayak groups carve anthropomorphic ancestral figures, generically called "hampatong. There is a tremendous stylistic range in these sculptures, and specific function and use vary according to the ethnic group. "Hampatong" are placed in front of longhouse entrances or other places where malevolent spirits are likely to appear. They are also errected in shrine areas "tajahan", which is a small sacred area containing a sacrificial shrine surrounded by "hampatong". There are two kinds of "tajahan", one set up in connection with headhunting and another for mortuary feasts. At a mortuary feast a "hampatong" is set up for each dead person. "Hampatong" are thus images of named ancestors. They are also errected in the village square in a sanctuary "pataho" in front of the chiefs residence. The "pataho" is described as a masculine village guardian against danger and approaching enemies.

H: 91,5 cm
H: 36 inch

Provenance
Hans Petereit, Cologne, Germany

Literature
Feldman, Jerome, The eloquent dead, Los Angeles 1985, p. 118 f.

Price: 2200 €

6 Zoomorphic figure

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

wood, dark brown patina, a quadruped rising from a small base, its features reminding of a "singa" head, dam., missing parts (head and body right hand side), base; probably once decorating the stopper of a medicine container or the handle of a sword "mandau".

H: 9,5 cm, 19th century
H: 3.7 inch, 19th century

Provenance
Marcia & Irwin Hersey, New York, USA

Price: 400 €

7 Sword "mandau"

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

the hilt wrapped with plaited plant fibre strings, horn knob, elaborate carved with figural and ornamental motifs, iron blade with skewed ending, wooden sheath decorated with ornaments and elaborate rattan netting, rep. (breakage at the knob), slight traces of corrosion and usage; used for head hunting and as a machete in daily life. According to a number of sources the small knife was used, among other things, to remove the soft parts of the enemies cut-off heads. The "mandau" is used by many peoples of Kalimantan and is widely spread.

L: 62,5 cm
L: 24.6 inch

Provenance
Dutch Private Collection
Hans Uwe Kiel, Eschweiler

Price: 800 €

8 Sword "mandau"

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

elaborately carved hilt of bone, partly wrapped with plant fibre and decorated with animal hair, iron blade with brass inlay and skewed endings, a two-parted wooden scabbard decorated with fine incised ornaments, a second scabbard containing a knife with a long wooden handle, strap for support, min. dam., small missing parts, slight traces of usage

L: 73 cm
L: 28.7 inch

Literature
van Zonneveld, Albert G., Traditional weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago, Leiden 2001, p. 88

Price: 300 €

10 Dancing sash "simata godang"

Indonesia - Sumatra, Batak

cotton fabric, embroidered with red, white and black miniature glassbeads, some strings of glass beads and two coins attached, min. dam., small missing parts, traces of usage

M: 68 cm x 11 cm, 19th century
M: 26.8 inch x 4.3 inch, 19th century

Provenance
August Flick, Cologne, Germany

Literature
Sibeth, Achim, Mit den Ahnen leben, Stuttgart 1990, p. 210, ill. 297

Price: 400 €

11 Bullet retainer "baba ni onggang"

Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba - Batak

horn, shiny dark brown patina, of curved form with slits on either side, carved with an anthropomorphic face on top, min. dam., slight traces of abrasion, base; for keeping the bullets needed for hunting and in case of war. In shape of a hornbill beak. With two fingers on both sides of the "beak" the bullets could easily be pulled out.

H: 21 cm
H: 8.3 inch

Literature
Sibeth, Achim, Mit den Ahnen leben, Stuttgart 1990, p. 161 f.

Price: 300 €

12 Hilt of a "keris"

Indonesia - Java

horn, dark brown patina, in form of a dragon head with open snout and pointed teeth, eyes with inlay (missing on one side), min. dam., small missing parts, fine cracks, base; "keris" is a dagger found over a large part of the Indonesian archipelago with an almost endless variety of blades, hilts, scabbards and decoration.

H: 10 cm
H: 3.9 inch

Provenance
Jürgen Funke, Amstetten, Austria

Literature
Ellis, Andrew (ed.), Kris Hilts, Mailand 2011, p. 72 f.

Price: 2000 €

13 Mask "klana bapang"

Indonesia - Java

wooden core, covered with gypsum, red grounding, painted in black, white and gold, pierced eyes with spherical bulging pupils, overlong separate worked nose, min. dam., slight traces of abrasion; "Kalana" means "giant" or "hero", "bapang" means "guidepost". The javanese theater as a whole goes back to the buffalo-skin figures of "wayang purwa", especially on the round figures of "wayang golek".

H: 21 cm
H: 8.3 inch

Literature
Lucas, Heinz, Java-Masken, Der Tanz auf einem Bein, Kassel 1973, p. 138 f.

Price: 400 €

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