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Figure (hampatong)

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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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Dayak peoples, possibly Bahau, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Kalimantan (Island of Borneo), Indonesia


Overall: 38 x 32.5 x 18.5 cm (14 15/16 x 12 13/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ironwood, shell, pigment


Africa and Oceania