This fragment, made of gray ironwood, formed the end-piece of a small coffin used in elaborate funerary ceremonies. The features and posture of this aggressive figure, who assumes the role of a ritual guardian, are intended to be menacing and intimidating.
By 1982, Galerie Dupeyrier Paris France; 1982, sold by Galerie Dupeyrier to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart
Dayak peoples, possibly Bahau, 20th century, 1950–2000