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Premier Auction - Session I

Fri, Jul 15, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 403

Indonesian Leti Carved Figure

Estimate: $300 - $500

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

seated yene wooden figure with painted eyes and body in black and white pigment, wooden base with felt lining, 9-5/8 x 3-1/2 in.

Note: Acquired by Dr. Grimes from Sotheby's in May 1995.

Yene figures were used on the Leti Island to represent recently deceased individuals and were considered temporary vessels for their spirits. The seating position indicated the gender of the deceased, with males shown with legs drawn into the body and females with crossed legs.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Allen Grimes, Lexington, Kentucky


pigment and wood loss throughout, hole on back of head, bottom of figure attached to wooden base off kilter

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