A curious slashing weapon from northern Borneo.
Length 19.6 cm
Diameter 4.9 cm
Bamboo, wood, rattan, stone, cotton thread
From a Dutch private collection
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A Dayak container made of a segment of bamboo. It is carved with designs of aso, a dog-dragon of Dayak mythology.
The lid is made of wood, with a face carved on top. The lid is connected to the container by means of a loop that passes through two holes at the bottom of the container, through two rattan loops on the open end, and then through two holes in the cover itself. A carved stone serves as a toggle.
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