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Collection

An image of Figure ('hau atoni') by

West Timor, Indonesia

Title
Figure ('hau atoni')
Other titles:
Protective figure (Hau Antoni)
Place of origin
West TimorIndonesia
Cultural origin
Webriamata Village, Belu region
Year
circa 1920-1930
Media category
Ceremonial object
Materials used
wood
Dimensions

95.2 cm

Credit
Gift of Peter Elliott 2006
Accession number
196.2006
Location
Not on display
Further information

This West Timorese protective figure was to be venerated and kept inside the house. It had a protective role in the animistic society and was thought to bring good harvests, health and fortune and was worshipped. The hole in the lower stand accommodated an offering bowl in which food was placed.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2006