Large Saneh (architectural panel) from the exterior of a Torajan granary (Alang). Constructed of several heavy wood planks, the surface carved in low relief with traditional geometric and auspicious patterns including the Pa'tangke lumu or "moss branch" motif, the raised boards with five stylized buffalo heads. The ornamentation was meant to drive away evil influences; however, the buffalo is also a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Heavily weathered with lichen patina and traces of original pigments.Toraja, South Sulawesi Island. Indonesian Archipelago. Early 20th century. 45" high x 100" wide x 1.5" deep.