Pair of ancestor figures, representing an ancestral couple carved in heavy wood. Such figures were placed in the interior of a “spirit house” for honoring ancestors. Flores culture views male and female as complementary opposites to the balance of the cosmos. The style of the carving is similar to the horse and rider effigies known as ja’heda (see photo). Reference: Jean Paul Barbier, Dallas Museum of Art, Indonesian Primitive Art , 1984 (p. 122).