LARGE TRIBAL STATUE – MALE WITH HAT

$185.00

 

SOURCE: JAVA

AGE: APPROXIMATELY 3 years

DIMENSIONS: 38″ HIGH x 5.5″ WIDE x 5″ DEEP

PALETTE: A chestnut OVERALL FINISH, WITH wheat PATINA.

STATUE DETAILS: INSPIRED BY THE traditional animist ancestor worship rituals OF THE INHABITANTS OF SUMBA, THESE STATUES HAVE BEEN REVERED FOR CENTURIES.  THEY ARE BELIEVED TO BE A MEDIUM TO THE WORLD OF THE SPIRITS {THE HEAVEN OF ‘PRAI MARAPU’}, A MEANS OF ASKING PEOPLE’S  forebears for protection, health and good fortune.

IN ORDER TO KEEP A STABLE AND PEACEFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS SPIRIT WORLD, VARIOUS CEREMONIES AND RITUALS ARE REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR {TO restore harmony to the natural environment, WHICH IS UNBALANCED BY MAN’S ACTIVITIES}.  IF THE ANCESTORS ARE SATISFIED THEY REWARD THE LIVING WITH GOOD HARVESTS, HEALTH AND PROSPERITY, BUT IF ANY OF THE nuku-hara’ rules are broken, THE BALANCE BETWEEN NATURE AND MAN BECOMES UNSTABLE AND THE VILLAGERS’ descendants will be punished by the spirits.

THE STATUES ARE PLACED ON STONE ALTARS, OR USED TO MARK AND PROTECT PROPERTY, EITHER INSIDE HUTS NEXT TO THE FRONT DOOR, OR ON ROOF OR BOUNDARY LINES ALWAYS FACING OUTWARDS {TO FRIGHTEN OFF ANY evil lurking around the neighbourhood}.

THESE STATUES ARE ENTIRELY hand-carved from one solid piece of wood.  THIS ONE SYMBOLISES AN ADULT MALE, STANDING AND WITH ARMS FOLDED ACROSS HIS CHEST, A COMMON STYLISTIC DETAIL FOR SUMBA.  THREE bands of geometric motifs AND TEN MINI TOES FINISH IT OFF!

FOR more information ON / GRATUITOUS PHOTOS OF ANIMIST GOODIES, CLICK THROUGH {HERE} TO demand authenticity.

MOUNT DETAILS: NONE REQUIRED – THIS CHAP STANDS UP ON his own two {tiny} feet.

WRINKLES: THE OCCASIONAL WRINKLE OR SUNSPOT THAT SOME OF OUR PIECES HAVE ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS, AS WELL AS THEIR HANDMADE  QUIRKS, ARE PART OF THEIR one of a kind artisanal charm.  THIS STATUE IS A LITTLE WORN AROUND THE EDGES, MUCH LIKE THE ANTIQUE SUMBANESE PIECE IT IS MODELLED ON – THIS gorgeous rustic patina ONLY ADDS TO ITS APPEAL HOWEVER.

DESIGN TIPS: ADD THIS STATUE TO A LITTLE NOOK OR READING CORNER FOR SOME ethnic layering OR MAKE LIKE THE ANIMISTS AND protect against negative energies  BY PLACING IT AT YOUR FRONT DOOR.

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