Abelam. <em>Ancestral Figure (Ngwalndu)</em>, 20th century. Wood, pigment, 146 x 14 x 14 in. (370.8 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Melville W. Hall
, 81.164.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 81.164.2_installation_bw.jpg)

Ancestral Figure (Ngwalndu)


Medium: Wood, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:20th century

Dimensions: 146 x 14 x 14 in. (370.8 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm)



Accession Number: 81.164.2

Image: 81.164.2_installation_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Ceremonial house ("tambaran") figure is monumental in scale. At the top there is a male figure with two hornbill heads on top of the figure's head. All of the figure's anatomical details are clearly indicated. At his feet there is a small four-legged animal. Pigment traces. Condition: Fairly extensive surface erosion from top to bottom. Below the small animal there appears to have been another form that has been broken off. Checking throughout, particularly on left side of figure in head and abdomen region. Mounted on a black metal modern stand.

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