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Iban. Dayak. 34″ Fertility Staff. Gawai Melah Pinang. Ritual. Ceremony. Indonesia

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    Sure, the Ibans / Dayaks were renowned for practicing headhunting to further territorial expansion. They had a fearsome reputation until the Europeans arrived with their colonization in the 1800s. Some headhunting episodes were reported into the mid-1900s.   There were rituals, ceremonies and festivals all… 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

Necklace, Borneo

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Detail: Ceremonial. Bone and carved Iban figurines. Superb craftsmanship from a people who have been in the Asian Archipelago for 3,000+ years. Sorry, this item has been sold. CONTACT US for other items that have similar characteristics.
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