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Giant Sized Batak PakPak Group Naga Morsarang Container Figure. North Sumatra

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Among the Batak people throughout Sumatra, the datu (a shaman or person who is in charge of rituals) uses a variety of containers to hold his potions, powerful mixtures and his supernatural “stuff”.  One such vessel is called the naga morsarang.  Usually a hollow water buffalo horn with a wooden stopper, it is filled with figures and designs.  Lizards, snakes, fish are the most common carvings along the horn, but at the horn’s end there is usually a seated human figure.  All of these have spiritual significance.

On the “stopper” end is a singa –  a apotropaic (power to control evil) figure – with its elongated face, bulging eyes, defined nose and spiraling beard.  The singa often has a group of human figures riding on his back or sides . . .representing prior datu who have owned the container.

This particular naga morsarang is HUGE.  The entire container is carved of wood.   The horn portion is hollow and the stopper is amazing in its detail and complexity.  This piece comes from the Pakpak ethnic group in the highlands of North Sumatra, just to the north of the Toba group.

A sturdy metal frame is included allowing the piece to be displayed properly.

For the Serious Collector.

TOO LATE to buy this unbelievable Morsarang Sumatran Container.  Thanks C.R.  !!!!!




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