Pierre Nachbaur

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ANCESTOR FIGURE (“ADU ZATUA”)

North Nias Island / End of the 19th century / 39 cm

Across Nias, figures of ancestors are created to honor the dead and protect noble households and their descendants. This figure from North Nias Island, adorned with an elaborate necklace, earrings, bangles, and a distinctive pointed headdress, commemorates a deceased member of nobility.

Provenance: Canadian collection; Joseph Gerena, New York; Bruce Frank Gallery, New York.