4054: Miniature Heirloom Jar.

Borneo Island, Indonesia.
Bronze of brass. H: 3.15" (8 cm), Dia: 2" (5.1 cm).
This metal object was found on the island of Borneo, but it is not clear if this is where the piece was made.
This rare, possibly unique, metal object is in the form of an imported Chinese-made heirloom jar (Martavan). These ceramic jars are valued as symbols
of high status and wealth amongst the Dayak people of Borneo, as well as other Austronesian peoples of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

There are six handles, each with a mask or guardian face, all wearing a similar headdress. Around the base are four standing figures, three with hornbill bird heads
or possibly dancers wearing masks or headdresses with hornbill bird heads. A single figure has a dragon head or is wearing a dragon mask. Each figure is wearing a
vest with etched half-moon motifs that might represent pangolin scales. There is a long serpent circling the jar just above their heads and below the six mask handles.
Just below the rim, above the handles, are numerous entangled botanical motifs with vines, ferns, leaves, and possibly fruit.

It is extremely likely this locally cast metal version of a miniature heirloom jar, covered in archaic figurative symbols, represented an important ritual object.
It may have been used by a shaman as a container to hold magical protective substances or a healer to hold and then disperse medicines and cures.

There is a small native repair near the base and two other small spots higher up.

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