17 x x 79 cm) This “door” is more a window than a door. It closes an opening to the adobe granaries in which the Dogon store their grain. The figures protect the grain inside from mold, insects and all other threats.
The central image in Toba Batak art is the singa, a supernatural creature whose likeness protects individuals, homes, and communities from malevolent supernatural forces. The name singa derives from the Sanskrit word meaning lion
Thomas Murray Ethnographic and Tribal Art: Shaman’s Medicine Horn, Naga Marsarang or Sahan Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia" Wood, horn, cord 18th/19th Century: Published: Batak Sculpture; Sibeth & Carpenter, page 100 SOLD