This wood statue is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the artists of Indonesia.
A few pointers that make this a Leti statue are the oblong face, the arched brows, the straight nose, the completeness of the digits and the square block that serves as a base. This is a Leti female statue used in the worship of the fertility deity as honor to the female ideal. The full breasts and the bulging tummy shows a pregnant female and this is underlined by the hands held on the tummy. The popular belief is that a pregnant woman is a complete woman and fecundity is recognized as important to bringing forth new generations.
As opposed to Leti statues depicting deceased clan members which are always in seated positions, this female fertility statue is in the standing position (the bent knees represent a rudimentary means for Leti carvers to differentiate the lower leg and the thigh).
From the patina and the condition of the wood, it can be deduced that rather than being a mere family keepsake (as most Leti statues are), this statue was once put on display on altars and used during appropriate rituals to celebrate motherhood and childbirth or to solicit for fertility.
Height: 38 inches
Width: 7 inches
Depth: 6.5 inches
Weight: 8 pounds
Care: Mainly for indoor use. Dust as needed.
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