Mount: female figure

CULTURE:
Toba Batak people
DATE:
19th century or earlier
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General Description

Batak people used bags of fur or leather as containers for tobacco or betel nut utensils. Usually fitted with brass chains that served as handles, the bags were reinforced with brass elements at the sides, opening, and base. This brass figure may have been used as a protective charm, attached to the end of a bag just below the opening, thus providing a point of connection for the chain handle.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, 2013.