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Dayak Rice Gods

Dayak Rice Gods

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Wood: Pre 1920: Item # 1340355

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Fine and rare pair of “rice gods” carved from durable iron wood (Belian) from the Kayan people of Sarawak. These were kept in the rafter in rice storage containers as protective spirits to guard the harvested padi. Nice old matched male and female (mother father) pair circa late 19th to early 20th century. Orignally these were on the end of a long stick that was stuck in the rice, but these have been cut to make them appear more “sellable”. I acquired these in Sarawak about 15 years ago and saw similar examples of equal quality (sans stick part) in the Sarawak State Museum. These are authentic Ethnographic items and not tourist “head hunter” kitsch souveniers .Figure on left H: 13.1cm/5.2in and right figure H: 14.5cm/5.5in.