This wood statue is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the artists of Indonesia.
This is a male ancestor statue from the Leti Islands. The Leti Islands are part of the belt of Spice Islands of the archipelago of Indonesia. Typical craftsmanship of the Leti art on this statue include the almond-shaped eyes, the arched brows, the long, hooked nose and even the slender legs held above the ankles, all on a square base.
As a representation of the Leti art, this statue is an example of such statues specially commissioned by the families of the dead. The people of the Leti Islands believe the spirits of the dead inhabit the statues made of them. Therefore, on the fifth day (it is believed that it takes the five days for the spirit to leave the body), a representative statue of the deceased is made and put on the family altar or kept in the attic, only to be brought out on special occasions.
Leti woodcarvers are noted for the fine finish of their statues which makes them all the more desirable of the Indonesian statues of old.
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