Lot: 6

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.

Capistrano-Baker, Florina, Art of Island Southeast Asia, New York 1994, ill. 47