Seated figure (pangulubalang)

DATE:
late 19th–early 20th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Stone
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
27 1/2 × 9 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (69.85 × 24.13 × 21.59 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Pacific Islands
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jean Paul Barbier
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.6

General Description

The word pangulubalang, which means "fighting spirit," refers both to the soul of a victim of human sacrifice who agreed to serve the traditional priest (datu) after death and to the stone sculpture that the sacrifice empowered. The figure could protect an entire village from evil spirits and witchcraft.