Tau-Tau Male figure, Sulawasi

Sir Raffles Art & History is Charles Mandel’s collection of antique Santos and ethnographic collectibles, mostly carved wood. See current selection on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SirRafflesArtHistory

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Tau-Tau figure, Sulawasi. Believed to be about 80 years old when I purchased it more than 20 years ago. 53″ tall, heavy wood.

Condition: Please review the photos carefully. PLEASE NOTE: No arms on this one. While the other one stands easily, this one will need support.

Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine. I have always found devotional artifacts fascinating to collect; there is no better way to connect with a past culture than through the objects that were important to it. Collecting religious figures is particularly gratifying. The subject, the style and the methods of production combine to tell the tale of what the individuals in that culture valued.


I have been collecting artifacts and religious objects for many years, specializing in Asian and European vintage carvings. Don’t hesitate to ask about other stock that I might have that is not listed here.

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Materials: wood,polychrome

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