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Ancestor figure
RMV 695-6
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

One of the oldest Nias statues known. This small and simple ancestor statue was collected by Baron Von Rosenberg (See 79-3) who visited Nias in the 1850s. By dr Pieter ter Keurs, Curator Insular Southeast Asian Collections, Leiden.

History of the Object
Von Rosenberg came to the Dutch East Indies as a soldier and began working on Sumatra and the islands west of Sumatra. Later he became a civil servant with the special task to do scientific research in the archipelago. He also travelled a lot in East Indonesia.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Diameter: 6 cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Nias 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
1889; (before) 
Function
Protects against evil spirits at home 
Acquisition
Bought in 1889 from the widow of Baron Von Rosenberg (1817-1888). 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Netherlands 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde 
Credit line
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands 

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