Veneration of one’s ancestors assumes glorious proportions among the Sa’daan Toraja people of southern Sulawesi. Most impressive are the tomb chambers which are cut in rocks high up on the cliff face and sealed with doors. The carving on this door is especially fine as befitting someone of high social standing. The ancestor is depicted standing wearing the topknot of a warrior, and chest heavily tattooed. He wears a soulful expression and his hands are raised as if to ward off intruders. The entire door is covered with interlocking spirals to reinforce the guardian’s protective function.