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X85.1073 Door

 

Object Name: Door
Cultural Group: Toraja peoples
Place of Origin: South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Date: Early to mid-20th century
Materials Used: Carved and painted wood
Dimensions: H: 107.0 cm, W: 54.5 cm, D: 26.0 cm (H: 42.1 in, W: 21.5 in, D: 10.2 in)
Credit line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. The Jerome L. Joss Collection. X85.1073

This door provided passage between two rooms in a Toraja lineage house (tongkonan). Behind it lay the sumbung, a special room in the southwestern part of the house where the dead are laid out before funerals. The buffalo is an auspicious motif in Toraja culture, and the staff between the horns is a symbol of defense or protection for the sumbung.

Source: Gallery wall text, Fowler in Focus – Doors in Global Perspective, 2007

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