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Title

Figure ('hau atoni')

circa 1920-1930


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Title

Protective figure (Hau Antoni)


Date

circa 1920-1930


Media category

Ceremonial object


Materials used

wood


Dimensions

95.2 cm


Credit

Gift of Peter Elliott 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

196.2006