3856: Large Charm.

Iban-Dayak. Sarawak State, Borneo Island, Malaysia.
Hardwood. H: 24" (61 cm).
Wood statue/charm with rare botanical-like motifs on the front and back torso.
The sculpture is mounted on a steel plate, not shown in photos.

This standing figure has beautifully rendered motifs, carved in low relief, almost like tattoos, but appear to be jungle foliage wrapped around the torso,
Additionally, there is a heart shaped amulet hanging from a necklace. The arms and hands are reduced to emphasize the motifs on the torso.

This is a type of surface I have come across many times before, with this type of hard wood sculptures. The wood is actually very dark under a very thin grayish layer,
probably acquired from a short period of time left outside, but not enough time to erode the surface from water.
The more the surface is rubbed, the darker it gets and would very easily get that polished black surface seen on smaller charms and pig sticks.

Reported to be collected by Steven Teh of Australia in the 1980s in a village near Kapit, Sarawak State. In a private German collection since 1996.

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