Pagar Figure
Batak Tribe, Sumatra
Late 19th Century
Provenance: Herbert Juan Da Silva, The Hague, Netherlands

Batak Pagar figures, instilled with apotropaic powers, were hung in homes as protective barriers. Representing ancestor souls, cavities filled with magical substances, pupuk, were located in the abdomen. This figure’s breast cavity is still visible, just above the original fiber wrapping. The linear shape of the figure and pensive facial features gives off a stoic temperament. The hand, joined together across the chest, suggest gestural movements associated with Batak dances that open lines of communication with the Batak ancestors.

Height: 18.5 inches
IN 3-3-16 / Price on Request


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