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Loan Object

Bullet Case (Paru Paru)

19th century

Wood and buffalo horn; carved

9 1/4 × 1 3/4 × 2 3/4 in. (23.5 × 4.5 × 7 cm)
base: 2 3/4 × 1 3/4 × 3 1/8 in. (7 × 4.5 × 8 cm)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.533

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 Sumatra, Indonesia
Culture: 
Karo Batak
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Other
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: R. Burawoy, Paris

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