Alarm figure Toba Batak
This sculpture, was hung up in an unknown place in the village or house, and an instrument for the magician-priest of the Toba Batak people.
Mostly hung together with apotropaic figures which have the power to prevent evil or bad luck.
There is one Pupuk hole in a leg, a small rectangle hole with wooden plug. Pupuk is a magic brew and gives the figure power.
ALARM FIGURE TOBA BATAK
Wood, metal, vegetable fibres, Pupuk traces
Toba Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia
End of 1st half 20th century
height: 74 cm
Dutch private collection