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Island Southeast Asia

The museum’s small collection of artwork from this region is represented mainly by the Batak people of Indonesia. Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic groups predominantly found in North Sumatra. Many cultural subgroups exist, and both Islamic and Christian influences are depicted in artworks.

Batak peoples (Toba subgroup)
Sumatra, Indonesia
Priest’s Horn (Naga Morsarang)
Late 19th or early 20th century (?)
Wood, buffalo horn
L. 23 ½ in. (59.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.13

Batak peoples (Toba subgroup), Sumatra, Indonesia
Priest’s Staff (Tunggal Panaluan), detail
Early 20th century (?)
Wood, hair, fiber
H. 72 ¾ in. (184.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 73.44.1

Dayak peoples, Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia
Figure, Hampatong
First half of the 20th century (?)
Wood, white and brown lime and fungal deposit; cowrie shells
H. 53 ¾ in. (136.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 86.17

Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia
Ceremonial Textile (“Ship Cloth, ” Tampan)
Late 19th or early 20th century
Cotton
L. 41 in. (104.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. Donald M. Suggs, 80.38.4