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.
‘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.
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