X94.57.1a-h Sacred room divider

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Sacred room divider
(ampang bilik)
Sa’dan Toraja Peoples
South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Early to mid-20th century
Carved and painted wood
H: 162.0 cm, W: 18.0 cm, D: 2.5 cm (H: 63.8 in, W: 7.1 in, D: .98 in)
Anonymous gift. X94.57.1a-h


The annual ceremonial cycle of the Toraja peoples is divided into two halves: rituals of life and rituals of death. This room divider separates the rear, or southern, portion of a Toraja lineage house (tongkonan) from the northern portion and functions as a kind of ritual fence during the ceremonies related to life.

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