4356: Lute "Hasapi".

Batak (probably Toba). Sumatra Island, Indonesia.
Hardwood, soft wood, pigments, metal, fibers, hair. H: 33,5" (85.1 cm).

Rare example of an extremely well executed musical instrument carved by a true master. The top of the neck shows two sitting figures, both carved in extraordinarily detail,
with the uppermost figure, representing an important ancestor, resting on top of the other figure, representing a subordinate or slave. Details on these figures include metal
inlay or painted eyes, necklaces, wristbands, eyebrows, and hairlines. There are refined and subtly carved lines along the outer edges of the eyes and mouths. The top figure
is wearing a woven headdress that is holding a long tuft of black hair. The backside of the neck displays a lizard and crocodile, both animated and carved in medium relief.
The bottom of the lute has an image of a classic Singha figure with a small animal, both carved in high relief. The soundboard insert, a likely later replacement,as this is
the point of maximum stress on the strings and often replaced, has another Singha-like animal carved in high relief. Just below the two figures at the top, is a hook like
carving, meant to help the hand grip the neck, but could be interpreted as representing a hornbill cask.

Ex: Charles and Blanche Derby collection, Northampton, MA. They purchased the lute from the Norman Hurst Gallery, Cambridge MA, more than 20 years ago.
It was reported by Norman Hurst that it originally came from a family who lived in Indonesia as diplomats before WWII and bought the piece around the 1920’s.

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