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Puppet head Si gale-gale Toba Batak (N° 19499)

Ex Italian tribal art collection.
The traditional arts of Western Indonesia are generally marked by the influence of Islam, Buddhism, and Balinese Hinduism. Thus Sumatra, among the islands of Southeast Asia, has inherited Asian theatrical traditions. It is here through an idealized naturalism that this sculpted head puppet shows the link between the human community and that of the ancestors. The delicacy of the features suggests in this case that it would be a character of high rank, whose peaceful and benevolent physiognomy is veiled by a subtle frown.
By transmitting the perception of beauty, the Batak of North Sumatra excel in the art of sculpture. The puppets and heads si galegale stem from a funerary tradition where the carved object replaces, when necessary, the descendants of the deceased, with the aim of favorably accomplishing the ritual of passage to the world of the dead according to the rules of the adat. It was moved by a complex set of strings that the head came to life during funeral dances alongside the bereaved family.
Eroded honey patina, cracks of desiccation. Height on base: 46 cm.  

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Originex-collection Ghisolfi
EthnyToba Batak
CountrySumatra
Material(s)wood, crin
Height33
Width16
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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