NIAS ISLAND, SUMATRA – Adu Zatua/Siraha Salawa

English: Ancestor statue in the village Hiligo...

English: Ancestor statue in the village Hiligowe, Nias Nederlands: Negatief. Vermoedelijk een voorouderbeeld (zie Feldman, 1990:191).. Vermoedelijk een beschermend voorouderbeeld te Nias (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nederlands: Negatief. Oude stenen offerplaats,...

Nederlands: Negatief. Oude stenen offerplaats, Zuid-Nias (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nederlands: Negatief. Krijger van Nias

Nederlands: Negatief. Krijger van Nias (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nias band of headhunters surrendering to Dutch.

Nias band of headhunters surrendering to Dutch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bahasa Indonesia: Lompat Batu, Nias, Indonesia

People on Nias Island in Indonesia move a mega...

People on Nias Island in Indonesia move a megalith to a construction site, circa 1915. Digitally restored. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nederlands: Negatief. Voorouderfiguur, adu zat...

Nederlands: Negatief. Voorouderfiguur, adu zatua (zie verder het boek van het Museum Nusantara Delft, 1990).. Houten mannelijk voorouderbeeld, Nias (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Nias lies in a chain of Island west off the coast of Sumatra about one hundred kilometers from the main land, and is occupied by a distinct ethnic groups. Nias Society was dominated by- aristocrats and nobility known as the Si’ulu in the south, and Salawa in the north and central Nias.

Two main types of ancestor figures were produced in North Nias-the Siraha Salawa and the Adu Zatua.

The former being an ancestor chief figure and the latter Adu Zatua is representing any deceased ancestor. Typically an Adu Zatua image was made on the death of each Nissan.

The Nias ancestor Chief figure represents a long-deceased ancestor-Chief, and would have been displayed prominently inside a wealthy Chief’s house as a protective device- usually they were displayed above the floor and atop a stand in a large room in the house.

The fleshy earlobes, almond shaped eyes and prominent nose indicates that this figure comes from the North of Nias, and with its crown resembling that of a palm leaf or a fern frond, and blackened wood.

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