Hand Carved Batak Singa


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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. However, the Toba Batak singa is a fantastic composite that combines features of several different species. The singa image occurs on items ranging from finger rings to monumental stone sarcophagi.

(Mid 20th Century)

Dimensions: H:84 W:20 D:20cm