- 90.I Tribal Art and 90.II Contemporary Native American Art
- Male ancestor figure "yene"
Male ancestor figure "yene"
Indonesia - Moluccas, Kei Islands
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Michel Thieme, Amsterdam, The Netherlands||H: 10.8 inch||7500 EUR / 10000 EUR|
wood, Such images were called "yene". Each depicted a specific recently deceased individual and served as a vessel in which his or her spirit resided temporarily before departing for the land of the dead and to which it periodically returned to receive offerings or be consulted about important matters. On Leti, the pose of "yene" indicated the gender and status of the deceased. Male ancestors were shown seated with the legs drawn in to the body, and female ancestors were depicted with the legs crossed.