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Ancestor statue, adu zatua
70.1999.3.1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The size of this particular piece suggests that it is a village chief. With its unsusual rearward ears and pointed nose, this work is one of the most remarkable sculptures from Nias.

History of the Object
This piece has an astonishing history in Europe. It was probably acquired in January 1926 in Amsterdam by the surrealist poet André Breton. It was first exhibited in the West at the exhibition "Tableaux de et objets des îles" which marked the opening of Galerie Surréaliste in Paris in March 1926. Man Ray took a marvellous photograph of it.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
wood, crusty red patina 
Measurements
Height 55,7 cm  
Creator name
Niha 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Nias island 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Adu zatua are effigies of the deceased. They were sculpted only after death and were made expressly to provide a home for the deceased's soul. 
Acquisition
Formerly in the collections of André Breton, Helena Rubinstein and Alain Schoffel. Donated by Alain Schoffel in 1999. This sculpture is exhibited at the Pavillon des Sessions at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Musée du quai Branly 
Museum
Musée du quai Branly 
Credit line
 

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