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a nias ancestor figure ex coll da silva

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Wood: Pre 1930: Item # 1294846
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For the people of Nias, ancestors played a vital role in daily life. Ancestors created the world and affected the fertility and fortune of the livingThese sculptures, called siraha salawa, represent the founding ancestors of important lineages. Each noble household had only one sculpture of this kind, attached to a prominent post in the largest room in the house. The figure served as the supernatural protector of the home. ex coll da silva netherland .29cm