BATAK SHAMAN BONE ORACLE / CALENDER

Provenance: Philip and Rosalind Goldman, London

In the fecund jungles of West Sumatra, in the island nation of Indonesia, Batak shamans known as Datu looked to the sky on the last moonless night in May. Calendar keeping was of the utmost importance to the Datu. It was their job to advise farmers when to plant and to determine the correct days to perform rituals—and to avoid the inauspicious days. While much of this can be tied to religion, much of the work a Sumatran shaman performed was integral to feeding the people of their island. Indonesia. A Batak classic calender is etched into the inner curve of the bone.

Batak, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Buffalo Rib, 36 cm

Price:  €  750,-