House facade in the form of a Singa
Toba Batak, Sumatra
Wood, pigments
circa 19th century
Height: 94 cm

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.

Price on request


Frank Wiggers
Insulinde Indonesian Arts


Frank Wiggers :: Singha, Batak