Figure (hampatong)

Dayak, possibly Bahau
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ironwood, shell, pigment

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



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.


1982, sold by Galerie Robert Duperrier, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart