22 Sumatra, Batak SinghaDate: E. 20th c.Size: 18 1/2"x 6 1/2"Toba Batak, Sumatrah century The word 'Singa' has its root in Sanskrit and literally means 'lion'. However, in Batak art and cosmology, the Singa is a composite mythological animal representing the totemic serpent spirit and serves as mount for the venerated ancestors, thereby forming a link between the underworld of the spirits and the upperworld of the gods - via the realm of men residing in the middleworld.
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