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Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Borneo, Central Kalimantan, Dayak peoples, ca. 19th century CE. A tall, hand-carved wooden guardian figure from a culture with an esteemed tradition of wood carving. The figure has a long face, with a prominent nose and incised eyes. The body is slender, with a very narrow waist and wider torso and hips and a prominent phallus. Breasts that appear female are carved into the chest. Carvers in this culture were generally men, and skill in carving was a token of refinement that would indicate that the man was ready for marriage. Size: 3.85" W x 29.8" H (9.8 cm x 75.7 cm); 31.05" H (78.9 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Northern Calfornia, USA collection; ex-Paul Harris collection

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Arms are lost, as shown. The back of the figure, notably the head and base, have losses due to inactive insect damage. Remains of white pigment and great deposits on surface with nicely preserved form and details.
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19th C. Borneo Dayak Wood Figural Boundary Marker

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Jul 01, 2020
Starting Price $600
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