Language: Long Way Dayak
Source: 1887 source


Mata-djoh is the Long Way Dayak word for a type of decoration consisting of S-shaped ornaments.1


Drawing of Sultan's mandau

A drawing of the Sultan's mandau with mata-djoh inlays.
Illustration from Tromp, 1887. (See notes.)


Mandau decoration

Illustration from Tromp, 1887. (See notes.)

E.) Mata djoh

F.) Mata kalong

G.) Tap-set-sien 



1. S.W. Tromp; Mededeelingen omtrent mandau's. Den Haag, 1887. Published in Internationales Archiv für Ethnographie,  International Gesellschaft für Ethnographie; Rijksmuseum van Oudheden te Leiden, 1888. Volume 1, pages 22-26.

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