Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone

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E-93-batu-gajahITS–The Elephant Stone, otherwise known as Batu Gajah, was discovered in Pasemah in south Sumatra and is now stored in the Palembang Museum. It is a piece of an egg-shaped stone approximately 2 meters long, with a carving of a male riding an elephant.

The man has a negroid look with round, protruding eyes, a steel helmet on his head, necklaces, bracelets, armbands, and a poncho. A sharp, short, straight sword hangs from his waist. His legs are covered with bandages from the thigh down to the feet.

The megalithic monument is believed to date back to from between 200 BC and 200 AD and come from the Dongsong culture of  Vietnam. Like all megalithic monuments, it is believed that the Elephant stone was once erected by local communities to honor their ancestors.

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