BATAK GUN POWDER HORN
Provenance: Philip and Rosalind Goldman, London
An interesting gunpowder horn dating to the 19th / early 20th century. The slightly curved body is made from water buffalo horn, carved with different motifs. The suspension area with Singa head, the wide end with a wooden stopper. The gunpowder was stored in the Batak house in large gourds, the chief carried his own personal supply in such containers like this one, which he wore suspended from a chain around his neck.
"Salempang", Toba Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia
Horn and wood, 16 cm