Loan Object

House Facade

19th century

Wood with paint and nails

A: 54.61 x 205.74 x 4.45 cm (21 1/2 x 81 x 1 3/4 in.) B: 55.25 x 182.25 x 3.81 cm (21 3/4 x 71 3/4 x 1 1/2 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

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.

19th century
Architectural Elements
Made in Sumatra, Indonesia
Not on view

Seller: Perry Kesner (2012-04-28)

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