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19th century. 9 1/2" diameter with reeded edge and domed body with seven bosses, each with six pointed star bases. Decorated throughout with stylized foliage in various arrangements. Reverse with integral lugs for hand grips. The Batak were notorious for cannibalism which was practiced through the 19th century. Accounts are numerous and vary. The ears, nose, soles of the feet, and palms of the hands are most auspicious for human consumption. Some experts claim that parents were consumed when they were no longer able to work or maintain themselves. Fine example.


Stock Number: FNS8398

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