KIPAS GANA-GANA BATAK / HAND-HELD FAN Bone & Wood Figure Statue Image ONE PAIR
An unusual style of Hand-Held Fan of the Gana-Gana Batak people, each handle carved from wood whereas the bodies were carved from real domestic cow bone featuring a Cock-Fighting Chicken and a Fish. Circa 1980, stand included.
Height (with stand): 36 cm / 14.2 inches
Fan only: 33.5 x 15.5 & 34 x 15 cm / 13.2 x 6.1 & 13.4 x 5.9 inches
Weight: 0.8 kg / 1.7 lb
After packing: 2.5 kg / 5.5 lb
Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic groups found in the highlands of North Sumatra Indonesia. Their heartland lies to the west of Medan. In fact the Batak include several groups with distinct, albeit related, languages and customs (adat).
The Toba Batak believe that they originate from one ancestor Si Raja Batak, everyone else descended from him. A family tree that defines the father-son relationship among Batak people is called tarombo. Toba Batak are known traditionally for their weaving, wood carving and especially ornate stone tombs. Their burial and marriage traditions are very rich and complex. The burial tradition includes a ceremony in which the bones of ones ancestors are re interred several years after death.
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