Source: DMA connect
Since the seventeenth century, the Toraja have buried their elite dead in vaults chiseled in the face of steep limestone cliffs. Hardwood doors, carved with the image of a water buffalo’s head or, less frequently, a human figure, seal the tombs and protect their contents.
On this door, a figure emerges from a field of interlocking scrolls. Elaborate tattoos cover the torso and stylized arms. These tattoos and the knot of hair at the top of the head suggest the warrior status of the figure on the door and the occupant of the tomb.
18th or 19th century, Indonesia