Shaman's Magic Horn

Batak, Sumatra
19th Century
Ex: Irwin Hersey Collection, NYC

This is a dynamic example of Toba Batak art. The medicine horn functioned as a container for a highly potent substance considered magical called ‘pupuk’. This substance could only be handled by Shaman. This object is elaborately conceived with cascading faces on one end of the horn and at the other end a wonderfully carved wooden stopper. The patina is deep and varied from exposure and use. In excellent condition.

This horn is 15 inches long and 6 inches tall.

SOLD / IN 2006