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Loan Object

Granary Door

19th–early 20th century

Wood

25 × 21 1/16 × 4 3/4 in. (63.5 × 53.5 × 12 cm)
base: 19 1/2 × 19 7/8 × 2 15/16 in. (49.5 × 50.5 × 7.5 cm)
with mounting: 7 1/16 × 3 15/16 in. (18 × 10 cm)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.160
Toraja granary doors often show a buffalo head. The buffalo is the primary sign of wealth and fertility, as it is needed to work the rice fields and is the most important sacrificial animal.
Geography: 
Made in Tailon, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Culture: 
Toraja
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Architectural Elements
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: M. Johnson, Los Angeles

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