Batak Medicine Bone

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This carved cow bone with lizard motif was made by the Batak people from the highlands of North Sumatra in Indonesia. The ornately decorated bone is hollow and used to store medicinal herbs. A figurative carved wooden head is used for a stopper. The lizard or "boraspatini tano" is a luck and fertility symbol and is a very popular decorative motif of this region.

Details

  • Place of Origin
    Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid Century or Earlier
  • Period
    1940-1949
    Materials and Techniques
    Wood
  • Condition
    Excellent. Great. .
  • Dimensions
    9 in. H x 2 in. W
    23 cm H x 5 cm W
  • Dealer Location
    Asheville, NC
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    U1104208899154
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