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
Carved cow bone
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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