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Borneo Dayak carved horn and wood medicine container

Borneo Dayak carved horn and wood medicine container

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Oceanic: Pre 1920: Item # 729559

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This traditional Dayak medicine container is made in 2 pieces. The upright piece is carved from wood representing ancestor spirits at the prow of a boat. The horizontal piece is a carved animal horn, presumably goat. The original wooden hinge pin has been replaced with a new piece of wood as the old one was broken and unusable. Dayak is the general name used for the various indigenous tribal groups living in Borneo, which is now called Kalimantan.