dr4: Ritual Knife.

Ngaju Dayak complex. West-Central Kalimantan, Borneo Island, Indonesia.
Iron, wood. rattan. Knife L: 12.5" (31.8 cm), sheath L: 9.6" (24.9 cm).

A rare ritual knife made from iron with a wood sheath. The ironwork on the knife has beautiful curled and twisted sections.
The sheath has a double serpent or dragon motif in the center and a star pattern. There are additional serpent/dragon images at the top of the sheath,
all carved in low relief. This example comes from one of the sub-groups of the Ngaju Dayak, located in the southwest-central area of Borneo.
There are examples of similar double-headed serpent-dragon figures found as tattoos on the thighs of some of the chiefs from this area
and these people are known for their metal working skills.

Ex: Rodger Dashow collection, Boston, MA.

For price or additional information, please email your request, with inventory number and title description, to: majtribal@gmail.com.

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