Antique Shaman Bowl. Dayak Tribe. West Kalimantan. Borneo.
The land of the headhunters – Batang Kanyau river (also known as the Upper Embaloh) – is the traditional homeland of the Kanyau Iban (Dayaks).
A Dayak shaman used this bowl to mix herbs, leaves, biological matter, and perhaps blood to concoct a medicinal potion used in healing. Although I do not see any remnents (via UV light) of blood in the wood, I am confident that this was used through the 1900s to mix such magical and medicinal potions.
Phenomenal shape except for a age cracks, some insect holes and a piece missing from the arm of the ASO creature at the far end (see photo).
For the Serious Collector. Stand not included.
This item has sold. Thanks C.R. !