A Frontside Toraja Panel

antique toraja ricebarn panel

size : 260 x 140 x 8 cm

material : Magnolia Vrieseana

an Antique toraja panel. it was part of the toraja Rice Barn. Hand carved with passionate and skillfull artist. Each carving has a meaning.
It belived that every carving as a guidance for torajanese to become more wealth and wiser.


A Frontside Toraja Panel

A Frontside Toraja Panel from North Toraja - South Sulawesi - Indonesia

Age : Circa 1950’

Size : 260 x 140 x 8 cm

Condition : 90%

Description : This a Backside toraja panels is part of the Rice Barn, which is a Traditional Building from Toraja for Keep rice / paddies inside. In other words, rice Barn is called "Alang".

Alang / Rice Barn is Always stand facing the " Tongkonan". As we know, Tongkonan is Traditional house of Toraja Tribe, with their front gables towards the South. Tongkonan is the traditional ancestral house, in other words, Rumah adat of the Torajan people, in South SulawesiIndonesia.

Tongkonan have a distinguishing boat-shaped and oversized saddleback roof. Like most of Indonesia's Austronesian-based traditional architecture, tongkonan are built on piles.

Construction (A Frontside Toraja Panel )

Antique tongkonan constructed by laborious work and it is usually built with the help of all family members or friends.

In the original Toraja society, build a tongkonan cost alot of money. Therefore, only nobles had the right to build tongkonan. Likewise the nobles, Commoners live in smaller and less decorated homes called banua. Tongkonan are customarily built facing north-south.

Dominating the entire structure is the saddleback roof with gables that are dramatically upswept. Consequently, The internal space is small in comparison with the overwhelming roof structure that covers it.

Interiors are typically cramped and dark with few windows. However, most of daily life is lived outside the homes, with interiors simply intended for sleeping, storage, meetings and occasionally protection.

Platform Below the rice barn, is Used for sitting, Working, conversation / Gathering on Ceremonial, and many more funcition further. For instance, are used for sleeping ( when Funeral Ceremony held ).

The rice barn are status of symbols, and also token of real wealth.

This A Backside Toraja Panels are perfect to be placed at back of the bed. In Addition, the light-Medium background of the wall will be nice. it will rised highlights the patina color. As the Result, the red, yellow and white color of the toraja panel carving are shown." Torayata 99

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Additional information

Weight 40 kg
Dimensions 10 × 265 × 145 cm


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