Stopper to Magical Container
Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Merton Simpson collection, New York

Batak objects reflect the dynamics of the region's cultural connections. This wooden stopper would have been paired with a Chinese porcelain magical container, or Guri Guri. The stopper has been delicately carved, and depicts the Batak's interest in animism and ancestor veneration. A stylized humanistic rider sits upon a Singa figure. Singa figures are composite creatures, combining elements of a horse, with elements of a naga figure, or mythical snake, and a humanistic face. These containers would have contained magical medicines and were carried by diviners or priests.

Height: 5 inches
IN 2-2-17 / SOLD


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