AMULET, BODY, BATAK, SMALL, 4"SKU CAS251
Marco Polo wrote in the 13th century of paying tribute to the Batak to transit the Strait of Malacca. They were a warlike, aggressive people who resisted European missionaries and local armies well into the 20th century. Cannibalism, which was a method of social control for them, kept many potential invaders from their area. The Batak are the only known people to practice cannibalism and to have a written language.
Bone amulets such the one shown here are normally worn around the neck or waist. One side is engraved with a calendar while the other offers protection in the form of sayings or prayers. All are in the original Batak script.