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one of a set of two house panels
  • Toradja peoples
  • one of a set of two house panels, late 1900s–1975
  • Where object was made: Celebes (present-day Sulawesi), Indonesia
  • wood, paint, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width: 59 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width: 23 1/4 x 8 11/16 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3495.02

This is one of a set of two rectangular house panels, each with a small metal loop at one end.

2007.3495.02 has a black field and three panels of decoration within a border. The middle panel has a circle defined by small yellow triangles, with two white circles with black crosses within that resemble eyes in a face. There are white and red curving lines and curving lines of small yellow triangles. There is a vertical white stripe on either side of the panel with small black diamonds. Key patterns in white and red occupy the field below. The above field has red and black spirals with white curlicues joining the spirals. There are yellow teardrop shapes in each corner. The border has black diamonds that connect at the very narrow points. Each diamond has four white diamond outlines within and are separated by red or yellow.