Mentawai Turtle Float, West Sumatra
height 26in (66in)
the long cylindrical float supporting a finely carved seated gibbon, with raised knees, elongated torso with sloping shoulders leading to attenuated arms gracefully carved upwards and resting on the top of the spherical head with diminutive facial features with a nose and slit mouth; fine weathered light brown surface with remnants of white sulfite.
Cf. Wiggers and Carpenter (1999: p. 72) for a discussion on the function and iconography of turtle floats.
African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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