This primitive hand carved figure is a replica from Timor-Leste, or East Timor, a Southeast Asian nation occupying half the island of Timor. Ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life, ancestral figure carvings were produced to honour the departed: statues are carved and usually kept in the false roof of the lopo. They can be brought out to re-tell stories and as a means to remember past family members. Similarly, guardian spirits, ancestor figures or totemic spirits are all captured in wood, to be passed down for posterity and used in order to build the spiritual power of the village.
This rustic hand carving stands nearly 2 meters tall and would make a perfect piece of wall art to add to any modernist setting.
Each figure is different from the next and so may differ from that depicted.