ancestor figure

Wooden male ancestor figure with prominent brow ridge, large ears and carved wooden lug on top of the head. The figure stands with hands on its hips and has on its left arm a conus shell ring armlet carved as a detail. The lug on top of the head would have been used to suspend the figure during ritual consulatation.

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