Shamanic Talismans, Amulets, Healing and Ritual Power Objects – Tribal Indonesia continued!

Since our epic Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes exhibition last fall, we have additional objects to include – healing and power objects and ritual protector figures, that didn’t make it into the show. If you follow our Gallery Blog, no doubt you will see even more of these ancient southeast Asian shaman ritual objects in the future. The pieces below are from tribal Indonesia and are included together in this one post instead of divided by specific island or tribe as in the previous shaman show posts.

Female Magic Figure, Shaman uses this for prayer and to gather healing power to treat people. Kodi village, West Sumba, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c., stone, 14 1/2" x 7" x 6 1/2" without base (16 1/2" with base),
Female Magic Figure

Kodi village, West Sumba, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c., stone, Shaman uses this for prayer and to gather healing power to treat people. 14 1/2″ x 7″ x 6 1/2″ without base (16 1/2″ with base), $850.

Shaman healing object, from near Kodi village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, mid 20th c., jack fruit wood, 11 1/2" x 6" x 5",
Shaman Healing Figure

(near) Kodi village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, mid 20th c., jack fruit wood, 11 1/2″ x 6″ x 5″, $400.

Shaman's ritual dance rattle, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, bone, ceramic beads, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, ~ 13" x 5"
Shaman’s Ritual Dance Rattle

Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, bone, ceramic beads, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, ~ 13″ x 5″, $550.

Shaman's ritual dance rattle, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, metal nail, ceramic beads, glass bead, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, 12" x 7"
Shaman’s Ritual Dance Rattle

Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, metal nail, ceramic beads, glass bead, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, 12″ x 7″, $550.

Shaman Male and Female Figures (pair) Timor Island, Indonesia, used to protect the home and for healing. Early to mid 20th c., stone, cloth, pigment, (male - 7 1/4" x 5 1/4") (female - 7 3/4"x 5"),
Shaman Male and Female (pair) protection and healing figures

Timor Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., stone, cloth, pigment, used to protect the home and for healing, (male – 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) (female – 7 3/4″x 5″), $975. for the pair

Shaman figures used in rituals to make rain, Indonesia, Timor Island, early to mid 20th c., stone, ~ 7" x 5"
Shaman Magic Figures

Timor Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., stone, Used in rituals to make rain. ~ (left – 6 1/2″ x  5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″), (right – 7″ x 5″ x 4 1/2″, $340. each

Pig Hunting Effigy, a shaman's magic talisman to bring a successful hunt. Lamboya village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c. Sentiki wood root, 8 1/2' x 6" x 21 1/2",
Pig Hunting Effigy

Lamboya village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., Sentiki root wood, Shaman empowers the effigy to bring a successful hunt.  (male – 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″), (female – 7 3/4″ x 5″), $380.

Shaman's wooden mortar and anthropomorphic pestle for healing herbs (2 piece set), Besikama village, Timor, Indonesia, mid 20th c., pestle - 12 1/2" x 2 1/2"; mortar - 7 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 4" (set)
Shaman’s mortar and anthropomorphic pestle (set)

Besikama village, Timor, Indonesia, mid 20th c. wood, for healing herbs and substances, pestle – 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; mortar – 7 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 4″, $650. for the set

Shaman's 3-Faced Figure Holy Water Jar Stopper, Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, late 19th to early 20th c., ceramic, 14" x 9",
Shaman’s 3-Faced Figure Holy Water Jar Stopper

Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, late 19th to early 20th c., ceramic, 14″ x 9″, $1200.

Shaman figure - Rare, for healing and divination rituals. Dhoki village, Flores Island, Indonesia, stone, late 19th to early 20th c., This effigy was passed down from father to son. Once a year, it is fed blood to empower it. 14" x 9 1/2" 6 1/2" w/o base (17" with base),
Shaman Figure – Rare

Dhoki village, Flores Island, Indonesia, stone, late 19th to early 20th c., For healing and divination rituals. This effigy was passed down from father to son. Once a year, it is fed blood to empower it. 14″ x 9 1/2″ 6 1/2″ w/o base (17″ with base), $1600.

Shaman's Medicine Jar/Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel. Sumba Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, 23" x 7"
Shaman’s Medicine Jar (see next image for top detail)

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel.  23″ x 7″, $390.

Detail of Shaman's Medicine Jar/Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel. Sumba Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, 23" x 7"
Detail (from previous image) of Shaman’s Medicine Jar
Shaman's medicine jar, for healing herbs and substances. Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c. bamboo, wood, twine, 12" x 4 1/2", $
Shaman’s Medicine Jar

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c. bamboo, wood, twine, for healing herbs and substances, 12″ x 4 1/2″, $280.

Shaman Figure, Anakalang village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, used for healing and protection and to predict auspicious dates for rituals, and possibly to find lost items. Early 20th c., stone, pigment, 15 1/4" x 8",
Shaman Figure 

Anakalang village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., stone, pigment, used for healing and protection and to predict auspicious dates for rituals, and possibly to find lost items. 15 1/4″ x 8″, $1800.

Shaman's Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 2"
Shaman’s Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird (see next image for detail)

Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 2″, $160.

Detail of Shaman's Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 2"
(detail of previous image) Shaman’s Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird
Shaman
Shaman Ritual Healing Object

Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, wood, 13 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 8″, $220.

Shaman 3-Legged Animal/Spirit Creature Healing Talisman, Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., wood, 7 1/2" x 11" x 4 3/4",
Shaman Ritual 3-Legged Animal/Spirit/Creature Healing Talisman

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., wood, 7 1/2″ x 11″ x 4 3/4″, $140.


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