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Ancestor Figure (Adu Bihara)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

To honor deceased family members, villagers kept carved wooden figures to contain the souls of their ancestors in the family house. These two female figures (adu bihara) holding small bowls are a type of image that was often tied together in a row to suggest a lineage of ancestors.

MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 8 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (22.5 x 6 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE George C. Brackett Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden female figure, seated, with prominent headdress. Represents an ancestor.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Ancestor Figure (Adu Bihara), early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 8 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (22.5 x 6 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, George C. Brackett Fund, 34.6075. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.6075_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 34.6075_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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