BATAK SINGA BUCKLE ORNAMENT FROM A "DATU" PRIEST'S BAG
Origin: Sumatra, Toba Batak People (Provenance: Ex. Irwin Hersey collection, New York. Author of the book "Indonesian Primitive Art")
Period/Date: Early 20th Century
Description: Here's a "monumental miniature". This rare and exquisitely crafted "singa" had a specific function. It served as a closure-like buckle holding the flap secure on a leather medicine bag belonging to a powerful "Datu" Priest. The back has a series of closed loops and hooks. This piece is in fine condition and presented on a custom brass base. This special object is sure to be a cherished addition to any collection of miniatures or Indonesian art.
Dimensions: Height 4" (10 cm), Width .75" (2 cm)