ancestor figure

One of a pair of ancestor tablets representing male and female ancstors. This one depicts the female side and consists of a flat wooden board with a female human figure in elaborate constume carved in relief. The arms are at the sides, bent slightly outwards. The lower part depicts the figure approximately to knee level, with decration indicated on a skirt cloth. Above the tall wide headdress the edge of the tablet is carved to a point at the middle and with upward-curving projections at each side.

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