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Toba Batak Heirloom Box or Chest, North Sumatra

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Detail: This is a Raja (village headman) box used to store valuable heirlooms and jewelry. The male Singha heads on each end are mythical protective creatures. Note the human figures beneath the Singha heads. A Cicak (a small nocturnal lizard commonly found in houses) carved on top represents deities who… Continue reading
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