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Volcanic Stone Head Container from Sumatra

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Volcanic Stone Head Container from Sumatra
Weight 7.5 Kilos.  30 x 20 cm (12 x 8 inches).


A Batak Stone Head and Container from Sumatra.  Superbly carved in two pieces from heavy black volcanic stone, the top half lifts off to reveal a large interior storage space. Both halves have been skilfully hollowed out in equal measure. Its age and purpose is unknown but it is likely that some important items were stored within and brought out on special occasions.


Batak Stone Head ContainerThe aristocratic-looking features and the abundant detail in the crown-like headdress suggests that this carving represents a king or ancestral nobleman. The crown is particularly interesting. The central feature is a bearded cat whose elongated body forms the handle with which to remove the top. A smaller crouching cat-like figure can be seen beneath its beard. To either side of the crown, and much larger, are a pair of human figures with features and crowns reminiscent of the head below. Both of these figures recline in a fetal position.


It is quite possible that this remarkable carving featured in some type of burial or afterlife ceremony.  It was acquired in 1990 on the volcanic island of Palau Samosir on Lake Toba, Sumatra. It is incredibly heavy for its size and in very good condition.


Note: As this is an unusually heavy item there will be a surcharge to cover the additional cost of shipping and insurance to destinations outside the UK.  Overseas buyers will later be invoiced at cost for any shipping and insurance shortfall (estimated to be around $150 to USA and Canada).