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Batak culture, Lake Toba, North Sumatra Island, Indonesia
Buffalo horn and brass
H .: 28 cm; L .: 23.5 cm
This medicine box made of a brown buffalo horn is entirely sculpted with anthropomorphic and animal figures. The carved horn stopper has an openwork decoration of three characters superimposed one above the other, hands joined. The first figure is seated on a Singa - a creature between the dragon, the serpent and the elephant, whose tail unrolls vertically in openwork scroll patterns that merge with the headdresses of the kneeling figures.
On the two side panels, the horn is carved with plant motifs incised in a register. The belly is left smooth while the inside of the curve is animated with a face of Singa, a gecko and an anthropomorphic figure. Singa refers to supernatural powers as well as high social standing in society. The gecko, called boraspati ni tano, is, in Batak mythology, a protective deity for the home and the fertility of the earth.
This box was used to store medicinal and magical substances such as pupuk.
The brass ring on one of the sides allowed a chain to be slipped, which was also attached to the end of the box: a brass button was provided for this purpose.
Its transport was thus facilitated.
Particularly rich copy.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
|Style||Tribal Art (Asian Tribal Art of Tribal Art Style)|
|Century||19th century (Asian Tribal Art 19th century)|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days|
|Location||93400, Saint-Ouen, France|
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