These Medicine containers are known as Naga Morsaranga and were used to hold special mixtures and potions. Beautifully carved wooden head with a Water Buffalo Horn body. THE HEAD part often has some human significance.....what it looks like in this instance is more like a Seahorse I think. The piece measures 15 inches in length. Joiner pin missing.
The Batak Sharmans or ritual specialists are known as DATU. The Batak people are found in Northern Sumatra.
Fabulous item which we date as late 1800's to early 1900's.
An Antique BATAK Sharman's Medicine Pouch - Northern Sumatra
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