Decorative element of the house

Elemento decorativo di casa

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Painted wood, mother of pearl (Haliotis sp.)

Location:

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

Provenance:

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.