RARE & SUPERB 19TH C. BATAK DATU PRIEST'S BAG

Origin: Indonesia Sumatra, Batak people      (Provenance: Old Canadian British Columbia Collection, Ex. Joseph Gerena- New York) 

Period/Date:  Circa 19th century

Materials:  Brass, iron, two different kinds of hide (Buffalo?) 

Description:  There are only as handful of these in private collections.  Sometimes you'll find the "singa" bag ornaments for sale but never the entire bag.  Individually the brass singas often sell for between 500-800.  This bag is all original with decorated bass frame, closure, hand forged carrying chain with dual singa beast ornaments.  It is beautifully constructed showing old world craftsmanship having two different kinds of hide symbolizing light and dark, the upper world and underworld.  The Datu priest/ shaman kept magical substances in this bag including medicinal herbs and charged talismans necessary for ritual work.  In good condition showing long wear and use with some minor pin holes.  Fine patina and color with warm hues.

Dimensions:   Height 16"  (41 cm), Width 12"  (30.5 cm)

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