HAMPATONG STANDING FIGURE – BORNEO, DAYAK – INDONESIA – early 20th C
This female figure exhibits a dull greyish brown patina with free carved legs rising from a rectangular base, both hands resting on the chest, round head with protruding eyes. Piece shows traces of weathering. Big “hampatong” statues, more than two meters high, were set up at the entrance of the village to ward off evil demons. Further on there are small “hampatong” figures, used at home or in the rice fields, the latter usually double: male and female with marked breasts and sexual organs, to reinforce fertility.
150cm high – 8,5cm wide – 4cm depth
Private Belgian collection
All dimensions are without the mounting