Vintage Indonesian Manangga Pansusu Panel


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Wooden panel from traditional  rice field houses also called Tongkonan. Tongkonan are traditional ancestral house, of the Torajan people in Sulawesi in Indonesia. These constructions have a  a distinguishing boat-shaped and oversized saddleback roof. They stand high on wooden piles, topped with a layered split bamboo roof shaped in a sweeping curved arc,  incised with red, black, and yellow detailed wood carvings on the exterior walls. To express social and religious concepts, Torajans carved wood are also called Pa'ssura - the writing. Wood carvings are therefore Toraja's cultural manifestation where each carving receives a special name, and common motifs are animals and plants that symbolise some virtue.

 This piece is more than 70 years old

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