Description: Large statue of monkeys in finely carved wood, on a rectangular pedestal decorated with traditional Dayak geometric patterns - Kalimantan - Borneo - Indonesia.
The Statue represent a mother probably slender long-tailed macaques, seated holding food in her mouth. The faces are stylized, simple.: small noses, small sunken ears, wide mouths and pronounced arches. The tails go up along the spine.
This statue was probably placed outdoors or in a house for protection like the hampatong ancestral figures, considered powerful talismans. Among the Dayak, these statues worked like charms, and attracted benevolent spirits. Placed in the corners of the roof, these talismans also served to protect the house.