Etched Water Buffalo Scapula
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 amulet was intended to be hung.
One side offers protection with sayings or prayers...
The other is inscribed with a "porhalaan" or calendar.
"Hala" is derived from the Sanskrit word "kala" or scorpion.
It is a lunisolar calendar consisting of twelve months divided into thirty days with an occasional leap month. It is not used for time or date keeping, but by the Datu/Shaman for determining favorable or unfavorable days to hold rituals.
Intricate bone designs may include scorpions, geckos, hornbills, and sea serpents.
Relief carvings depict crocodile, lizard and singa head. The singa represents a protective deity who is part human, water buffalo, crocodile and lizard.
Scapula measures: 12" x 6"
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Handcrafted in Sumatra