Shaman’s Medicine Horn, Naga Marsarang or Sahan

Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia

Wood, horn, cord

18th/19th Century

Published: Batak Sculpture; Sibeth & Carpenter, page 100

In north Sumatra, the Batak shaman carried a medicine horn, sahan, that featured the primary mythical beast Singha on one end and the primordial ancestor figure on the other tip. This is an exceptional piece which displays an archaic style and dates to the 18th/19th Century.