An image of Adu Zatua (ancestor figure)

Unknown Artist

Adu Zatua (ancestor figure)

Location
Not on display
Further information

This work depicts a carved male figure in a crouching position. He has a stylized moustache and beard and is wearing a single earring and necklet. The figure has bent arms, each holding a solid object, and is resting on one knee.The elongated carved headdress was intended to give a realistic representation of actual headdresses made of rattan, cloth and gold worn by senior members of the community.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, July 2011.

Place of origin
Central Nias, Indonesia
Year
late 19th century
Media
Sculpture, Ceremonial object
Medium
wood
Dimensions
40.5 cm
Credit
Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010
Accession number
522.2010