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Zoomorphic Ceremonial Dish “Sweetheart”

Toraja People, Rantepao, Sulawesi Isl. Indonesia
Early 20th Century
4.5” x 8”
Ex Max Pastika Collection



Cendana Wood Ceremonial Bowl, “Dolong”, Heart Shaped. The Toraja Tribe hold status and prestige high in their culture. Depending on the status and wealth of a family, funerals could last over a few months. Toraja are predominantly animistic and otherwise Islamic, with the minority Christianity. Dishes such as this heart shaped dish with a zoomporhic head were used as a personal dish most likely for a high ranking family member.

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