Artist: Unknown
Culture/People: Batak
Place: Indonesia, Karo Batak, N. Sumatra
Media: Describe materials
Dims: 16 x 7 in. (41 x 18 cm)
Date: c. 1920
RTC No: AS0050
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011


“These bamboo vessels were used to carry water or tuak, a much favored alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of the flowers of certain palm trees.” —Ted Coe

Ted purchased this piece from a St. Louis based art dealer, collector, and philanthropist, Tom Alexander. People were drawn to Ted during his twenty-five years at the Nelson Atkins Museum. No surprise, of course there was Ted’s gregarious manner, but he also helped create a museum that was a touchstone for all the wonderful types of people who have an interest in things.

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