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19th C. Dayak Wood, Rattan, & Nickel Brass Shaman's Box

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Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak, ca. 19th century. A carved-wood shaman box of cylindrical form wrapped in three registers of braided rattan fiber with a pair of hand-carved tutelary figures strapped to its exterior. Sitting upon an annular base, the box displays a circular rim and a broad mouth over a deep basin. The exterior of the box boasts two thick horizontal bands of braided rattan fiber in a hue of golden caramel over a chocolate brown base. A conical lid tops the lovely vessel, adorned with a rattan fiber-wrapped periphery and a raised circle embellishment at its center, which is surrounded by four annular recessed areas. Two carved figures decorate one side of the vessel, sitting atop integral plinths with their elbows resting on their drawn up knees and their hands on the back of their necks. Size: 8.25" W x 9" H (21 cm x 22.9 cm)

Intended to represent tutelary spirits and hold apotropaic powers, the fascinating figures showcase slender bodies with attenuated limbs and large, bald heads bearing inlaid, glass bead eyes, flat noses, and incised, open mouths. One of the curious figures is adorned with a pair of petite nickel brass arm bands. Boxes such as this example are known as "Lupong manang" and used by Dayak shamans to hold all the magical instruments they may need for healing, oracles, and predictions.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Dr. Gallagher collection, Sydney, Australia, 1960 to 2000, collected in Sarawak, Malaysia in 1982

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#161464
Condition
Two collection labels on base. Missing top finial. Light surface wear with minor nicks/chips, abrasions, and hairline surface fissures as shown. Otherwise, very nice with light patina.
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19th C. Dayak Wood, Rattan, & Nickel Brass Shaman's Box

Estimate $3,000 - $4,500
Feb 25
Starting Price $1,500
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0100: 19th C. Dayak Wood, Rattan, & Nickel Brass Shaman's Box

Sold for $1,500
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Est. $3,000 - $4,500Starting Price $1,500
American Frontier | Ethnographic | Tribal Art
Thu, Feb 25, 2021 10:00 AM EST
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Lot 0100 Details

Description
...
Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak, ca. 19th century. A carved-wood shaman box of cylindrical form wrapped in three registers of braided rattan fiber with a pair of hand-carved tutelary figures strapped to its exterior. Sitting upon an annular base, the box displays a circular rim and a broad mouth over a deep basin. The exterior of the box boasts two thick horizontal bands of braided rattan fiber in a hue of golden caramel over a chocolate brown base. A conical lid tops the lovely vessel, adorned with a rattan fiber-wrapped periphery and a raised circle embellishment at its center, which is surrounded by four annular recessed areas. Two carved figures decorate one side of the vessel, sitting atop integral plinths with their elbows resting on their drawn up knees and their hands on the back of their necks. Size: 8.25" W x 9" H (21 cm x 22.9 cm)

Intended to represent tutelary spirits and hold apotropaic powers, the fascinating figures showcase slender bodies with attenuated limbs and large, bald heads bearing inlaid, glass bead eyes, flat noses, and incised, open mouths. One of the curious figures is adorned with a pair of petite nickel brass arm bands. Boxes such as this example are known as "Lupong manang" and used by Dayak shamans to hold all the magical instruments they may need for healing, oracles, and predictions.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Dr. Gallagher collection, Sydney, Australia, 1960 to 2000, collected in Sarawak, Malaysia in 1982

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#161464
Condition
...
Two collection labels on base. Missing top finial. Light surface wear with minor nicks/chips, abrasions, and hairline surface fissures as shown. Otherwise, very nice with light patina.

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