INDONESIAN TRIBAL ART
Stone Sculpture


Batak Stone Charm


Ducon or Batak priestís stone charm or pounder


Ducon or Batak priestís stone charm or pounder   Ducon or Batak priestís stone charm or pounder   Ducon or Batak priestís stone charm or pounder  
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Item-Number:781003
Item-Description:Ducon or Batak priestís stone charm or pounder
Medium:Volcanic Andesite
Origin:North Sumatra - Batak Karo
Dimensions:Height 17 cm
Age:pre 1900
Provenance:Field collected from a Batak priest, Kabanjahe, Sumatra 1978
Condition:Weathered patina
Notes: An unusual small stone pounder in human form carved in local volcanic andesitic tuff and used by a Batak Karo priest in the preparation of magic substance or pupuk.

Unusual in being from the Batak Karo tribe, rather than from the Batak Toba who have a better known tradition of stone work. Pupuk or magic substance was produced by the Batak Karo high priest (Ducon) as a curative powder or to ward away evil spirits. The Batak have a strong belief in magic which continues through to the present day.


Price: £320


  

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