Among the finest Batak sculpture are a variety of free-standing ancestor and guardian figures, almost always carved by priests. Guardian figures are identified by square holes in the body into which are placed pupuk, the magical substances believed to invoke the figure’s power to protect the community. This guardian figure has a long sinuous body with hands resting above the navel and knees slightly bent to create a sense of forward movement. The figure’s power is suggested by its large elongated head, tall headdress and square chin. The facial expression evokes a quiet aura of authority. Comparable examples: Museum Nusantara Delft, Holland (pictured in Arnold Wentholt, Nusantara (2014), p. 22) and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (pictured in Life, Death and Magic, 2000 Years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art, p. 158).