13 June 2011

FINE TRIBAL and ETHNOGRAPHIC ART of BATAK KARO





Lamp 19th century
Karo Batak people 
North Sumatra 
Carved wood
Height 44cm



Staff tunggal panaluan early 20th century 
Karo Batak people 
North Sumatra 
Carved wood, fibre and hair
Height 123cm



Ammunition holder paru-paru 19th century
Karo Batak people 
North Sumatra 
Carved buffalo horn 
Length 19cm
Ammunition holders like these are sometimes called baba ni onggang because of their resemblance to the beak of the hornbill. The round lead bullet is removed by bending the prongs open. These examples are profusely decorated with floral and abstract motifs common to Batak iconography



Ammunition holder paru-paru
Karo Batak people 
North Sumatra 
Carved buffalo horn 
Length 21cm



Stopper for medicine container guri-guri 20th century 
Karo Batak
Carved wood
Height 21 cm
Depicts a fighting cock atop the head of a supplicant figure
who in turn squats on the head of a male figure riding a singa



Stopper for medicine container guri-guri 20th century 
Karo Batak
Carved wood
Height 15 cm
Depicts a cicak (gecko) sits atop a kneeling figure who is perched on a male figure riding a singa



Stopper for medicine container guri-guri 20th century 
Karo Batak
Carved wood
Height 9cm
The squatting position is a common motif in the art of South East Asia



Rice barn door pintun jambur Door early 20th century
Karo Batak people 
North Sumatra 
Carved wood 
Height 98 cm
Door with the relief carving of a gecko. The cicak (gecko) represents
the guardian of the house and is considered a fertility symbol


 Container abal-abal 19th - early 20th century
Karo Batak
Bamboo and wood
Height 12cm



Container abal-abal 19th - early 20th century
Karo Batak
Bamboo and rattan
Height 16cm



 Container abal-abal 19th - early 20th century
Karo Batak
Bamboo, wood and horn
Height 16cm
Used to store small objects salt or tobacco



Lime container early 20th century
Karo Batak
Bamboo, wood and horn
Height 18cm 
This type with a flat lid was used by men.




Container kitang early 20th century
Karo Batak
Bamboo, wood and horn
Height 32cm
Bamboo vessel used to carry tuak fermented palm wine

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