| String of amulets

Toba Batak or Karo Batak people
north Sumatra, Indonesia

String of amulets 19th-early 20th century
bone, cotton
4.5 (h) x 124.0 (w) x 1.0 (d) cm
KIT Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam


Batak priests [datu] use magic instruments and potions to harness and influence powerful spirits. Special containers are created to store their mysterious medicines. This string of amulets inscribed with symbols and magic inscriptions is typical of the protective charms worn by priests when undertaking dangerous sorcery.

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