HAMPATONG STANDING FIGURE – BORNEO, DAYAK – INDONESIA – end 19th to early 20th C
This piece exhibits a dull blackish-grey patina with free carved legs rising from a rectangular base, supporting a block-like trunk with the arms carved close to the body. Narrow shoulders are turning into a long neck with an elongated face displaying two round bulging eyes and a headdress. Hampatong figures had different functions: they were “guardians of the village” designed to ward off malicious spirits and protect against epidemics, a likeness of a servant destined to serve the dead in the next world, or an effigy of the diseased himself.
198cm high – 10,5cm wide – 9cm depth
Private Belgian collection
All dimensions are without the mounting