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A Dayak female 'Hampatong' figure

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A Dayak female 'Hampatong' figure
The slender female image carved in a simple and pure manner, somewhat crude, but very expressive. She stands wide-eyed and naked with right hand by the awkwardly placed breasts, and left hand near her exaggerated genitalia. The wood is heavy and dense (ironwood), very old and weathered with a fine, grayed patina showing patches of lichen moss across the deep crevices caused from decades of rain erosion. Hampatong figures were placed near communal entrances in hopes of driving away malevolent forces. Ngadju Dayak tribe, Kalimantan, southern Borneo. 43.50"H x 4"Diameter, maximum. 19th/20th century. Provenance: Eugene Behlen, NM and FL.

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