Batak priests (datus) use porcelain containers to store magical substances and medicines. The stoppers for these containers form some of the finest works of Batak miniature art. This small stopper features a helmeted rider on a singa (mythical lion). Note how the artist has cleverly utilized the natural curve of the wood to create a flowing ‘wave’ from the top of the headdress to the tail of the singa. Ex. Bruce Frank (US).