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Grave House Statue
VME 96.33.20
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This statue looks like a bird of the Ede people; there it is called a “Gru”. This makes it interesting, because it shows cross-cultural influences between Gia Rai and Ede, especially where their regions border each other.

History of the Object
The sculpture is made by the Gia Rai for funeral ceremonies. It is believed that when a human dies he will continue to live in another world before being reincarnated. The abandoning of the tomb is one of the most important ceremonies. A big party is organised in order to say goodbye to the deceased. Gifts like agricultural tools or statues are left in and near the grave house. The statues play an important role in the wood sculpting tradition of the Gia Rai. They vary from simple to sophisticated.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Width 18 cm. Height 117 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam; Central Highlands 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century. 
Function
A number of these were set around the grave house as part of the ceremony to abandon the tomb. 
Acquisition
Mr. Dao Huy Quyen collected the object in Gia Lai province in 1996. The museum purchased it from him. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, State property of Vietnam 
Museum
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 
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