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Rare Cendana Wood Ladle With Zoomorphic Figure On Handle


Toraja People, Rantepao, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
Early 20th Century
4.5″ x 21.5”
Ex Max Pastika Collection

Out of stock


“Toraja” (from the coastal languages’ to, meaning people; and riaja, uplands) was first used as a lowlander expression for highlanders. This elegant ladle has the head of a salt water crocodile, with incised teeth along the base of the handle. The deep patina and natural wear shows its long use and age. The Toraja were predominantly animistic, believing that all humans were connected to an animal. Status and wealth was expressed during weeks to month long funerals to commemorate the life of the deceased.

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