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Book for magic (pustaha)

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This book for magic (pustaha) belongs to the Batak people of Northern Sumatra. The Batak lived in the orbit of Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms in coastal Sumatra and also came in contact with Islamic and Christian ideas. In response, they developed a script inspired by Sanskrit characters from India....

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By 1993, Galerie d'Orient et d'ailleurs- L'ile du demon Paris France; 1993, sold by Galerie d'Orient to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Indonesia, Batak peoples, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Northern Sumatra, Indonesia


Overall: 29 x 19 x 5 cm (11 7/16 x 7 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, bast, plaited rattan cord, pigment


Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts