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Portrait of a deceased couple. Sulawesi - Indonesia - Mid 20th century.

Lot reference 15308385

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Location: Spain
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Good condition

Tau tau figures.

Tau tau are a type of effigy made of wood or bamboo. They are particular to the Toraja ethnic group in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The word "tau" means "man", and "tau tau" means "men" or "statue".

Tau tau are believed to have originated in the 19th century. They were once produced only for the wealthy, to reflect the status and wealth of the deceased. The tau tau are representatives of the deceased, ever-guarding the tombs and ever-protecting the living.

In the early 1900s, with the arrival of the Dutch Christian missionaries in Toraja, the production of tau tau was somewhat dampened. At the 1985 synod of Toraja Church in Palopo people debated if Protestant Toraja could have tau tau at their funerals.

Torajans believe that the dead can take their possessions with them to the after life, the effigies are usually equipped with small possessions. In 1980s, the wooden effigies became a target for grave robbers looted and possessions kept with them and sold the figures to museums. Tau tau can now be found in Jakarta, Europe and America, and were once even on display at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991. In response to this plunder of the ancestors, the Torajans hid their tau tau in various undisclosed locations. They also installed metal fences surrounding their cave graves to protect the tau tau. It is somewhat ironic that the tau tau is meant to represent the deceased protecting the living, but they now have to be protected against the living.

Traditionally, the effigies were simply carved, only to show the gender of the deceased. However, they have become more and more elaborate, actually attempting to imitate the likeness of the deceased. Nowadays, tau tau have photographic likeness to the people they represent. They are carved with wrinkles.

The types of wood used for the effigies and what they are clothed in also reflect the status and wealth of the deceased. Tau tau of the wealthy would generally be made of wood from the jackfruit tree. They are usually permanent statues that can be found standing at the entrance of tombs, which are carved out of rock faces of Toraja. Their position, in reference to the other tau tau, in the rock face would indicate the status of the deceased. The cave builders usually require payment of several buffalos that only the sufficiently wealthy can afford.[1] The less wealthy elites generally have their tau tau made from bamboo, which will be undressed at the end of the funeral, leaving only the bamboo on the ritual field. There are regional variations in the types of tau tau used, also.

These pieces represents a humble couple. Large piece of painstakingly carved wood. Dressed in authentic cloth.
These pieces are very rare to get. Hence, the exclusive character.

Measures: 21cm and 24cm

These pieces will be sent perfectly packaged and highly protected by specialized agency.

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Reviews given: 38
Member since: October 23, 2016
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    Il pacco è andato perduto, ma mi ha immediatamente restituito quel che avevo pagato. Venditore serissimo e consigliatissimo.
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    alfredosicuro September 26, 2018

  • Very interesting item, well shipped, good communication. Hope to do more business with this seller. Thank you, Lotogris!

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    Heb m self maar gerestoreerd,kwam kapot aan
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    Very nice item.! Fast and perfect shipping. A very good seller.! Compliments..!
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    I got the statuette. OK.
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    Very nice seller, beautiful item as described, fast shipment! Recommended!
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    Very nice seller, beautiful item as described, fast shipment! Recommended!
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    HPieroni March 23, 2018

  • The mask is fixed on a board which is attached to the frame.. The item was well packaged but there was a weak in that the mask was pushed by force or careless handling from the frame. Result tragic.

    inderjitkumar March 10, 2018

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    Excuse me, but you are expressing your opinion about the bad performance of the courier service, which I can not be responsible for. When you communicated the problem to me, I suggested that I fix the article myself if you sent it to me again. I'm still waiting for your answer. But it seems unfair to me to give a negative score for an event that I can not be responsible for.
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    Envoi rapide et très bien protégé. Superbe objet. Parfait. Merci.
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    Moujik February 19, 2018

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    Un vendedor maravilloso que regresa rápidamente con todas las respuestas que tiene. Puedo recomendarlo ........
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    item verkocht als OLD REPRODUCTION en zijn gewoon een hoop zelf in elkaar gestoken spullen dat bovenop slecht geschilderd is. Volgens de verkoper mijn probleem wegens verkeerde interpretatie
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    La cinta adhesiva tan potente se ha llevado parte de la pintura del pie del Semáforo y los cables eléctricos de diferentes medidas se tendrán que cambiar enteros.
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    Alfonso274 December 13, 2017

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    She arrive yesterday, she's so special, so wonderful ! thanks a lot to take care for a good transport ! I think it's wat a lot of work to make her transport ready ! I begin to restore her today.
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    fabiennetassenoy December 13, 2017

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