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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.

Batak Medicine Bone

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IN THE STYLE OF: Batak People (Maker)
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Sumatra, Indonesia
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: Mid Century or Earlier
PERIOD: 1940-1949
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Carved cow bone, Wood
MATERIALS NOTES: Carved cow bone and carved wood
CONDITION: Excellent. Great. .
HEIGHT: 9 in. (23 cm)
WIDTH: 2 in. (5 cm)
DEALER LOCATION: Asheville, NC
NUMBER OF ITEMS: 1
REFERENCE NUMBER: U1104208899154
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Treasure Keepers
52 Broadway Asheville, NC 28801 United States 828-505-7800
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