This wood statue is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the artists of Indonesia.
This is an example of a Leti statue of a slightly different significance than the normal ancestor statues. The Leti people carve statues as personages of their dead. They believe the spirits of the deceased inhabit these statues and are kept in the attics by the guardian of each family. Therefore, this stature representing two figures connected by a head will represent two family members connected by a specific bond.
The other use of the Leti statue is in storytelling. Statues such as this are used as mnemonics in remembering names and events down a lineage. It is quite possible that the head between the two figures is for this purpose. Lending weight to this interpretation is the motifs on the blocks around the lone head. Motifs in Leti statues are of two types: wona, which are meant for decoration and ruo, which are family insignias or emblems of specific families.
So, this Leti statue, a rare work of art, shows the distinctive style of the Leti sculpture by portraying sitting figures holding ankles with a smooth surface, oblong faces, arched eyebrows, straight noses and ears shaped like the omega symbol. The staff-like superstructure is in accordance with the Leti style of representing the social status of the people depicted with representative objects.
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