Indonesia, Borneo, Sarawak, Iban or Sea Dayak peoples, ca. mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved, hollowed out bamboo tube with a wooden handle carved in the form of a mythical dragon; woven rattan bands at the upper center and top complement the low relief abstract figures that are incised into the center of the bamboo. A thick band of red paint separates these rattan bands. This item is known as a "tolor" or "telenga", a traditional quiver for carrying poisonous darts. Open the fitted bamboo lid to see the six diminutive darts within. Size: 3.95" W x 15.95" H (10 cm x 40.5 cm); 16.55" H (42 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Nevada, USA collection; ex-Margaret Tan collection, Sarawak, Malaysia
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