Pierre Nachbaur, Tribal art from South East Asia, Indonesia, Papua and Guinea

 
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  Sigale Gale

Sumatra, Batak people.

Wood, sculpture in round

A unique tradition within Batak sculpture are the puppets known as Sigale-gale.
In former times , Sigale-gale appeared at funerals where they served as stand-ins for the sons of men who had no male children to perform their mortuary rites.

Measurements: 31 cm high
     
     
 
 
 
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