The Singa is a motif of the abstract and zoomorphic Batak Toba jewellery. It is an embodiment of the Mythical dragon-serpent Naga Padoha, trapped by the goddess at the beginning of time to aid and protect human beings. The Singa is described as part human, part water-buffalo and part lizard-crocodile. The Lizard often appears at the top of this fabulous head. Pieces decorated with the Singa were often made by Batak Toba metalworkers, considered the finest brass-casters of the Indonesian smiths. The smith holds a highly valued position in the society of the Batak since he handles metal and fire, a highly respected skill. It is especially the use of fire, one of the natural forces, which makes him not only highly estimated, but also feared. Therefore the forge of a smith has always been located outside the village or at a proper distance from other houses.
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