These are designs found on a Tonkonan, the Traditional Ancestral House of the Toraja tribe in Sulawesi, Indonesia. A Tongkonan is typically accompanied by grain storages, These structures are charged with many other ritual and symbolisms, some of which can be read through the carvings. Together, the Tongkonan and rice grains represent a cosmos, a gem of ancient urbanism.
Toraja is a remote mountainous area located in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, home to the Toraja indigenous people. The area is known for its rich history of art and culture celebrating nature and life events, most notably the burial ceremonies.