cj3A: Shrine Guardian Figure.

Kayanic Dayak complex (probably Ga'ay). East Kalimantan, Borneo Island, Indonesia.
Hardwood, glasss beads, pigments. H: 18" (45.7 cm), W: 22" (55.9 cm), D: 13" (33 cm).
One end of an ancestral shrine (with cj3B at the other end).
The main figure represents a mythical protective dragon figure (Aso), facing outwards and clinging to the end of the box.
Additional motifs of dragons are carved in low relief along the edges. Traces of paint remain in many places on the sculpture.
The Aso motif would have been reserved for the village aristocrats. Additionally, this ancestral shrine was carved from a heavy hardwood
and is of a larger size than normal. It is more common for ancestral shrines in this region to be carved from medium density woods, like Kayu Aru.
The larger size and heavier hard wood would also indicate this was the shrine of an important noble family.

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  • Shrine Guardian
  • Shrine Guardian
  • Shrine Guardian
  • Shrine Guardian
  • Shrine Guardian
  • Shrine Guardian
  • Shrine Guardian
  • Shrine Guardian