|Ducon or Batak priestís stone charm or medicine pounder
|North Sumatra - Batak Karo
|Height 17 cm
|Field collected from a Batak priest, Kabanjahe, Sumatra 1978
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.