BRONZE STATUE / Batak Covered Jar. What was inside this elaborated chamber, it has to be of some great importance, guarded by not three but five ritualistic figurines. Toba Batak Indonesia. Circa 1950. Superb Batak piece.
Height: 24 cm / 9.4 inches
Base: 7 x 6 cm / 2.8 x 2.4 inches
Chamber depth: 12 cm / 4.7 inches
Weight: 0.6 kg / 1.3 lb
After packing 1 kg / 2.2 lb
Toba Batak, known traditionally for their weaving, wood carving, brass / bronze statue, ornament and figurine, and especially ornate stone tombs. Their burial and marriage traditions are very rich and complex. The burial tradition includes a ceremony in which the bones of ones ancestors are re interred several years after death.
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