Rock Tomb or Granary Door

19th century

Indo-Pacific Art

On view, 3rd floor, Indo-Pacific Art

The Toraja bury their dead in cliff caves that are sealed with wooden doors carved with ancestor figures or the head of a buffalo, a symbol of fertility and wealth. Similar doors are also used to close off granaries.




24 × 21 1/4 × 3 15/16 in. (61 × 54 × 10 cm)
base: 16 9/16 × 18 7/8 × 3 3/8 in. (42 × 48 × 8.5 cm)
with mounting: 7 1/16 × 3 15/16 in. (18 × 10 cm)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

Loan number



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Ex-collection: J. Sadovnic, Bali; M. Johnson, Los Angeles
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Object/Work type

doors, funerary art

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