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Apokayan Dayak, Man's Vest, Kalimantan Indonesia

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Apokayan Dayak, Man's Vest, Kalimantan Indonesia

A rarely encountered vintage man's ceremonial vest, adorned with rows of Nassau shells on both the front and back, with a band of traditional embroidery encircling the bottom.. Banded at the neck and shoulders with red trade cloth and finished with cotton fringe. A scarce and desirable vestige of a disappearing community. Well used over the years with stains of sweat, body oil and losses from environmental damage. Only one very small area of loose shell at the shoulder. The back area measures 17" x 24" and the front 17" x 19". Early 20th C.

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