This small protective figure is carved seated, with his arms crossed and elbows resting on his knees, a classic posture of figural forms from the small island of Leti, southern Maluku. Known as iene, such figures would have been carved five days after a death of a family member, which is believed to the moment a soul enters the figure. They would have been kept in the family home, acting as vessels into which the deceased’s spirit could be called upon when needed to receive offerings or to offer spiritual guidance. The elaborate earrings and coiffure of this figure identify the deceased as a person of high social rank. The figure also has a pleasingly serene expression. Ex. Ely Jacques Kahn (US), Kevin Conru (Brussels) and Bruce Frank (US).