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|Item-Description:||Ducon or Batak priestís stone charm or medicine pounder|
|Origin:||North Sumatra - Batak Karo|
|Dimensions:||Height 17 cm|
|Provenance:||Field collected from a Batak priest, Kabanjahe, Sumatra 1978|
An unusual small stone pounder in human form carved in local volcanic andesitic tuff and used by a Batak Karo priest in the preparation of magic substance or pupuk.|
Unusual in being from the Batak Karo tribe, rather than from the Batak Toba who have a better known tradition of stone work. Pupuk or magic substance was produced by the Batak Karo high priest (Ducon) as a curative powder or to ward away evil spirits. The Batak have a strong belief in magic which continues through to the present day.