House Facade

19th century

Indo-Pacific Art



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.

Medium

Wood with paint and nails

Dimensions

a: 21 1/2 × 81 × 1 3/4 in. (54.6 × 205.7 × 4.4 cm)
b: 21 3/4 × 71 3/4 × 1 1/2 in. (55.2 × 182.2 × 3.8 cm)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

Loan number

ILE2014.8.73

Culture
Period

19th century

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Seller: Perry Kesner (2012-04-28)
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