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Tomb sculpture
71. 1956.44.1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Ancient tomb sculptures representing the Bram are very rare.

History of the Object
This tomb sculpture was among 185 other artefacts collected for the Musée de l'Homme in 1955 by Frantz Laforest and came mostly from the central highlands in Vietnam. The largest part of the Asian collections of the musée du quai Branly comes from the Musée de l'Homme. Since 1997, new acquisitions were made by the musée du quai Branly.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Height 145 cm  
Creator name
Bahnar 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam; Kon Tum province 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
19th Century - 20th Century; Late 19th/ early 20th century 
Function
Peoples of the Central Highlands in Vietnam decorate their graves with sculptures, the most remarkable examples being those produced by the Jarai and the Bahnar. They are carved during an "abandoning the grave" ceremony that marks the end of mourning several years after burial. The tomb is then refurbished, decorated with carved figures and abandoned once and for all. The human and animal figures adorning the tombs are servants of the deceased in the after-world. This kind of statue, with hands crossed on the knees, is the Bram, a masked man who, even today, plays a role in funerary rites. 
Acquisition
Gift of Frantz Laforest (1956) 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Musée du quai Branly 
Museum
Musée du quai Branly 
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