2088: Rattan Splitter.

Possibly Kenyah Dayak. East Kalimantan, Borneo Island, Indonesia.
Hardwood. Full L: 21.5" (54.6 cm), block only H: 9" (22.9 cm), W: 6.5" (16.5 cm), D: 3.25" (8.3 cm).
A pair of metal knife blades were stuck into the top of the front block piece, pointed forwards and inwards at various widths, to allow rattan to be pulled
through and split into long strips. The user would put their knee on the plank sticking out the back to stablize the block while pulling the rattan strips.
The back of the block has the face of a guardian spirit, with two dragon spirits on each side for the front "V", all carved in low relief.

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