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These three, finely made, older examples of traditional Kenyah Dayak glass beadwork feature beautifully composed, decorative themes. Each is profusely laden with the spiraled horns, claws, jaws, and tails of the dragon associated with the underworld and fertility. The largest panel example here, a protective decoration for a baby carrier, shows the anthropomorphic face of a godly being surrounded by a complex but perfectly balanced array of dragon spirit symbolism. The smaller panel, once part o ...click for details
A mid-size example probably used as a house or granary door, but could have been a shrine vault door, as well. The image of a buffalo head, as seen on this example, signified the high rank and wealth of the respected villager. The central column form possibly refers to the world tree. Carved from the wood of a nangka (jackfruit) tree. Very fine, brown-black, weathered patina. Door panel itself (excluding hinges) measures 26"H x 22.50"W. A fine, old monoxylous carving from Central Sulaw ...click for details
This well-carved miniature comes from the people from "upstream", otherwise known as the Dayak of inland Borneo. Similar wooden sculptures are found among the Tunjung group located in the east central region of the island.
The purpose of this figure is clear - it was once attached to a double-cross necklace or belt worn by a shaman across his upper torso, as evidenced by the pierced tab at the bottom used for securing the figure to the cord. Such figures, attached in groups, are thoug ...click for details