TRIBAL & ASIAN ART AND ANTIQUITIES
PSW00045 • TERRITORIAL GUARDIAN MONKEY

Primary Source at Santa Monica Tribal Arts Show, November 2007

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PSW00045
TERRITORIAL GUARDIAN MONKEY / “HAMPATONG”.
IRONWOOD WITH WHITE LICHEN PATINA & INSET PORCELAIN EYES.
KALIMANTAN (BORNEO), INDONESIA.
CIRCA 1900.

HEIGHT ON STAND: 26.00”

The Dyak tribes in the dense jungles of Borneo used “hampatong” statues to act as territorial guardians. protecting the tribe from adversaries, wild animals and unfriendly spirits.

The Monkey is a symbol of the Middle World of Man and four-legged animals. It is lithe, intelligent and resourceful. In Borneo, it was an auspicious totem used as a guardian for the clan and its sacred territory. By using the Monkey as their hampatong, the human owners absorbed the essence of the monkey’s characteristics. This empowered the clan and the tribe to be united with a different species that seems so comfortable in the same Borneo jungle.

This particular Monkey hampatong displays an intent and slightly playful or mischievous expression. His body is at rest, but he is attentive and poised for action. He was originally mounted atop a tall post, positioning him about nine feet above the jungle floor. The Monkey was cut away from this post for easier transport through the jungle.

Mounted on a custom steel base.

PENDING

Other specimens may be available. Inquire.

 

Monkey Hampatong

Primary Source © 2008