Global Art & Artifacts

Dayak Iban Native Pottery.  Vase.  Container.  Tajau.  Sarawak. Borneo.  Malaysia

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Iban Dayak pottery (aka Tajau) is a symbol of status, wealth and power.  Even though the Dayak used the pottery for a variety of “daily” things (rice, water, wine, jewelry), it is also passed down through generations as a symbol of their familial beliefs.  Occasionally, it is a funerary vessel or a ritual container.


The motif on each piece is in the form of flora, fauna, animals…. and even the sun and stars.  Each motif has its own cosmology and is related to the harmony and peace that the environment provides in their daily life.


Here you see a familiar and popular Dayak motif/design… those that are similar to the tattoos found on the bodies of the Dayak headhunters from the early- mid-1900s.  Such designs are also found in ancient caves throughout the area.


This is ceramic that you will find no where else.   This is NOT just an ordinary vase.  The depth and coloring of this ceramic is amazing.


For the Serious Collector.



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