Decorative element of the house

Elemento decorativo di casa

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Painted wood, mother of pearl (Haliotis sp.)


C.D.A.481, Legato Cap.E.A. D'Albertis, 1932


Second half of 19th century

The ancestral figure in high relief served to visualize and recall the lines of descent, which played a crucial role in regulating access rights to lands and resources. Probably made for commercial use with whites.