Indo-Pacific Art

Shoulder Cloth (Mangiring)

early 20th century

Cotton; warp ikat

201.3 × 75.2 cm (79 1/4 × 29 5/8 in.)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.5417

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: 
Batak
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Geography: 
Made in Silindung Valley, Sumatra, Indonesia
Status: 
Not on view
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