Lot: 11

Ancestor figure "adu zatua

Indonesia - Nias

Provenance Size Hammer price
Waldemar Stöhr & Elisabeth Stöhr-Johannsen, Cologne, Germany (coll. in situ)
Klefisch, Cologne, 11. Oktober 2013, Lot 110
European Private Collection
H: 9.2 inch sold

wood, base This figure wears a palm leaf crown and long earrings "sialu", as they were typically worn by women. These smaller "adu zatua" - figures were lashed to horizontal supporting bars, which were fixed to the wall in the main room of the house. Whenever a member of the family died, a new image was added, so that rows of figures were created. On the anniversary of the death of each of them, offerings were made to the deceased.


Feldman, Jerome, The eloquent dead, Los Angeles 1985, p. 51, ill. 21