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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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 34.6075
CREDIT LINE George C. Brackett Fund
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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
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden female figure, seated, with prominent headdress. Represents ancestor of the group. Said to have come from the house of a chieftain of the village of Gunung Sitoli, and to have been obtained in 1914 before the Rhine Mission Association had converted most of the locals and destroyed most of the remaining 'idols.'
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