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A Lampung iron effigy tray for tooth blackening paste

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1910   item# 1302934 (stock# L329811)

A Lampung iron effigy tray for tooth blackening paste
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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The forms of these somewhat rare, wrought iron trays are typically zoomorphic. They are often interpreted as a saurian composite creature. Such vessels held the sooty black paste, known locally as 'sihung', created for ritual tooth-filing and blackening among the Lampung people of the southernmost area of the Island of Sumatra. Length is 12", showing much age and use, and in fine condition with a heavily oxidized, encrusted patina. Most likely 19th/20th century, or earlier.


A Central Timor buffalo horn spoon

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910   item# 1000683 (stock# T56254r)

A Central Timor buffalo horn spoon
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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Carved from a thin, translucent section of buffalo horn, this ornate domestic spoon is typical of the work done on the island of Timor, in eastern Indonesia. The top of the spoon handle shows an intertwined bird motif, similar to avi-form designs seen on architectural elements from rice granary compounds. Animal imagery might have represented mythical or supernatural creatures with totemic meaning. Showing much evidence of use over a long period of time, this spoon dates to the late 19th/early 2 ...click for details

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