Loan Object

Palm-Wine Container (Kitang)

19th–early 20th century

Bamboo with wood and metal

47 x 27 x 15 cm (18 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.725

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.

Culture: 
Karo Batak
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Other
Geography: 
Made in Sumatra, Indonesia
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: J. Gerena, New York

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