Tunggal Panaluan Shaman's Staff 10915
Archaic Toba or Pak Pak Batak, Sumatra
18th/19th Century
57 in/145 cm


This Batak staff is one of the finest of its kind that I have ever encountered. It displays at once a very pure expression of ancient Batak iconography but does so with very refined carving. This style is associated with two of the six sub-tribes of the Batak, specifically the Pak Pak and what is termed the Archaic Toba; it is amongst the most sought after of Indonesian tribal works of art and has provenance dating from an Old Dutch Colonial Collection.