Magic staff

This brown wooden staff is beautifuly carved with six human figures standing above one another. The second figure from the bottom has another figure standing back to back to it. Behind the row of human figures is a large snake with a small human figure on either side. Lower down the staff are four lizards. The bottom tip is iron-socketed. The human figures have human hair on them. Magic staff such as this were used by the Batak people as a magic staff.

Indigenous Name
tunggal panaluan
Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th centuries
Region
Laguboti, North Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: H:181.5 x W:6 x D:4.5 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-03713
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving