Powerful Hampatong, Dayak Kalimantan (Borneo)

Powerful Hampatong, Dayak Kalimantan (Borneo)

  • Country: Indonesië
  • Island: Kalimantan (Borneo)
  • Tribe: Dayak people
  • Period: 19th century or older
  • Material: eroded hard wood with nice patina
  • Size: 150 cm (153 cm incl. stand)
Object number: G22003
€ 9.500,00
More from : Indonesia

  • This beautifull and powerful ‘hampatong’ has large deep set eyes, is finely and carefully crafted and had originally two horizontally projecting arms, inserted to the left and right and are obviously lost. It's also exposed to fire as parts are charred but has no smell of smoke so the firing must have been long time ago.

  • In the book "C-14 dating of Dayak Art" of Thomas Murray there are 2 similar hampatong which are 700 to 800 years old according to the C-14 tests. 
  • ‘Hampatong’ is the term which is used for ancestor and protective figures made of hard ‘iron wood’. These figures the Dayak of Borneo set up at burial places as memorial sculptures in honour of the dead, in front of their longhouses as guardians or as territory marker.

  • This sculpture hence belongs to the group of ‘hampatong pantak’, responsible for the protection of the village against evil spirits. The gesture of the arms stretched out to the left and to the right refers to a ritual dance of the Dayak, in which with similar movements good, helpful spirits are invited to visit the Dayak.
  • The general name Dayak includes all the peoples native to the inland area of the island of Borneo, who principally settled in the Sarawak and Kalimantan regions. 
  • To get to know more about the Dayak, follow the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayak_people

 

  • Among the most important artistic Dayak creations are anthropomorphic sculptures known as hampatong, they assert a great variety of styles reflecting an array of ceremonial or protectional functions. The hampatong are placed in front of a ceremonial lodge, at a village crossroads or on a riverbank. These statues could perform important functions of protection, commemoration or representation of an ancestor.

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Powerful Hampatong, Dayak Kalimantan (Borneo)
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