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BOOK: Rare. “Art of the Ancestors Nias Batak Dayak”. Hardcover. 2009. English. Alliance Francaise de Singapour

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    Indonesian tribal art is among the most intriguing and varied in the world. There are as many styles and expressions as there are ethnic and cultural groups. Each of these groups produces unique objects of great interest and beauty that are used in rituals and ceremonies …. … Continue reading

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

Dayak Mandau Ilang Small Knives, Borneo

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Detail: This is a pair of knives. The Parang Ilang (or Mandau) means double knife because it has a main sword and a small knife fitted in the back of the sheath. These two knives are the “small knives” and they come from the Dayak tribe of Borneo. The scabbards… Continue reading

Dayak Tribal Medicine Box, Sumatra

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Detail: This medicine container was used by the Batak Tribes in Sumatra. Carved from one piece of wood. Singa (mythical protective creatures) heads are looking up on each end of the box. An ASO (human-like head) adorns the top of the lid. These boxes are used to store medicines or… 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

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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