4023: Mat Weaving Tool.

Kayanic-Dayak complex. East Kalimantan, Borneo Island, Indonesia.
Sambar deer antler, iron. H: 7.75" (19.7 cm).
Mat weaving tool with complex imagery. There is an obvious primary figure with head, torso, and contorted arms and legs.
When you turn the piece upside down a new face emerges in the center, using the mouth of the original figure as the starting point.
Parts of the torso become the nose and enlarged eyes of the new face. Additionally, when viewed from the side,
the ear and eye from the main figure now form the open mouth/eye or head of a dragon (Aso) in profile, with the side of the body of the main figure
representing the body of the dragon. This can be viewed from both sides. Lastly, when you turn the side view upside down (see last image),
the ear of the main figure, also now the mouth of the dragon, becomes the beak and casque of a hornbill.
The iron tool itself can also be interpreted as a hornbill, with long beak and curled casque.
In one piece there is a main guardian figure, an upside down guardian spirit mask, with dragon and hornbill images.

There is a native repair at the top of the head. It looks like fill using sawdust or something similar, probably mixed with glue or gutta percha.
There was likely a cavity or defect through the middle of the antler piece, which is not uncommon.

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