Lot: 1

Ancestor figure "adu zatua"

Indonesia - Nias

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Hein Westerop, The Netherlands (collected in Java or Sumatra between 1913 - 1928)
Jan Kusters, Waalre, The Netherlands
Marc Pinto, Perth, Australia
H: 17.3 inch 4000 EUR / 8000 EUR

wood, Throughout Nias such wooden images were produced as receptacles for ancestor spirits. The present figure wears a high rising crown, which resembles a fern leaf and a necklace "nifato-fato" - both replicas of traditional jewelry, such as the aristocracy of the Nias usually wore.