The Bataks make large wooden chest to store family valuables. The ends of these chests are often guarded by singas, the mythical lion that pervades Batak iconography. This pair of singas is carved in a minimalist form, as if to emphasize only the essential features such as the imposing head, broad nose and the curling tongue. Viewed from sideways are tubular horns that coil around the head like a mass of writhing snakes. The combined effect of these features is a potent symbol of benevolent and protective power.