Ornately Etched Bone Dibble
The Batak of Northern Sumatra were one of the few canabalistic tribes to have a written script of their own. It is related to the Brahmi of India and ancient Javanese writing systems. It is believed to be derived from Sanskrit.
The dibble or planting stick was used to make holes in the soil for seeds or seedlings.
The inscriptions are intricate including a calendar, compass and the tokay gecko god Boraspati ni Tano.
This god represents fertility of land in both agriculture and architecture, wealth and the underworld.
Each bone planting stick is 19" and accented with water buffalo horn.
You will receive the item in the photograph.
Handcrafted in Sumatra