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Bag

17th–18th century

Weft twining; cotton

33 x 22 cm (13 x 8 11/16 in.)
Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus Collection, Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2006.4.169

The Batak of northern Sumatra comprise six groups: the Toba, Mandaling, Angkola, Pakpak/Dairi, Simalingun, and Karo. All share a common origin myth and ancestor (Si Raja Batak), have similar kinship and marriage customs, employ a common language and script, and emphasize certain ritual practices. Until the mid-twentieth century, political power was in the hands of chiefs and the council of elders, while spiritual power resided with the priest (datu), who had great influence on Batak life.

Geography: 
Made in north-central Sumatra, Indonesia
Culture: 
Batak
Period: 
17th–18th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Status: 
On view
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