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BOOK: Islands and Ancestors: Indigenous Styles of Southeast Asia. 1988.

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  I was able to acquire another LIKE NEW copy of this valuable resource book. A full 364 pages with numerous illustrations and photographs.   The Metropolitan Museum of Art with editors: Douglas Newton and Jean Barbier.   This is an excellent coffee table book or a research book on your professional bookshelf.

Dayak Buffalo Bone Scrimshaw Shaman Magic Powder Container with Wood Plug, Borneo / Kalimantan

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Detail: Exceptional hand-etched and carved buffalo bone with wood finial plug. Used by Dayak tribal shamans to store herbs, magic powders and betal lime. The scrimshaw work on this piece is representative of animals that provide good luck. . as well as the ancestor on the… Continue reading

Bone Calendar & Diary, Indonesia

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Detail: Likely a water buffalo rib, this was used as a diary and calendar by tribes. Note the geckos, serpent and figure drawings. Likely from Borneo. Circa mid-1900’s or earlier. Very good condition. Quite a remarkable piece and very hard to find. Sorry, this… Continue reading

Bidayuh Amulet / Pendant, Borneo

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Detail: The Bidayuh are indigenous peoples found in southern Sarawak, Borneo. This amulet created from Sus Scrofa (wild boar tusk) and a carving in deer horn forms a trophy nearly 360 degrees in shape. The carving is of a Naga or dragon head. This pendant would… Continue reading

Antique Brass Betel Nut Container, Borneo

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Detail: Betel is the leaf of a vine that is valued as a mild stimulant and for its medicinal properties. Wrapping leaves and stuffing them into the Areca nut – itself a stimulant – is called, at least to those in Southeast Asia, Betel Nut. This antique brass container is… Continue reading

Brown Dayak Shield & Spear Set, Borneo

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Detail: Brown shield with a 75” spear. Acquired from tribesman in the early 1970’s and brought to the US. Acquired from one of our US agents. Carved in the 1940’s or 1950’s. Gumwood shield. Flat spearhead wrapped with cord to shaft. See other shield / spear sets from Borneo (W-2845).… Continue reading

Black Dayak Shield & Spear Set, Borneo

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Detail: Black shield with a 68” spear. Acquired from tribesman in the early 1970’s and brought to the US. Acquired from one of our US agents. Carved in the 1940’s or 1950’s. Gumwood shield. Spearhead wrapped in decorative metal that looks to be hand stamped designs. This item has been sold. Many thanks M.S. !

Dayak Medicine Carrier / Container, Indonesia

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Early 1900’s or older. Extremely rare and museum quality. Shaman’s carrier. 17 Dayak figures adorn the carrier. It appears that there are figures corresponding to illness and medical conditions. Teeth and boar tusks are original as well as the coins that are embedded near the rim. Most likely lightweight items… Continue reading

Very Rare Curved Antler and Tusk, Borneo

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Detail: Carved deer antler at one end and joined with a curved tusk from a wild boar. Such artifacts are very rare and were found almost exclusively in shaman’s medicine packs. Museum quality. Early- to mid-1900’s in age. For the Serious Collector. This item is no longer available.

Parang Ilang or Mandau Dayak Sword Weapon, Borneo

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Detail: The Parang Ilang (or Mandau, meaning double blades) is the traditional weapon for the Dayak people of Borneo. These swords are believed to have supernatural powers and are passed from generation to generation. Associated with the headhunting ceremony, these swords are both a work of art in itself and… Continue reading
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