Model of a Toraja house

Southeast Asian Collection

Accession Nr.: 2021.37.1
Type: carving; model
Date of production:
late 20 – early 21th century
Place of production:
Materials/Techniques: wood, plant fibre, carved
Dimensions: height: 76 cm
width: 22 cm
length: 98 cm
This hand-made house model depicts the typical house type called tongkonan of the Toraja people of the southern part of the island of Sulawesi (Celebes).
The tongkonan is a boat-shaped building on piles with a saddleback roof, usually built with the collaboration of several families, and is the embodiment of the Toraja microcosm.

A gift from Gajus Sceltema, former ambassador of the Netherlands to Hungary.