Beaded Panel
Maloh or Kayan-Kenyah Tribal Complex
Central Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia

Late 19th/20th century
20" x 7" (51 x 18 cm) 

This panel features a complex array of protective aso or dragon-like mythological creatures. Such designs were intended to repel sickness and to protect a child by warding off malevolent spirits. Most often, these panels were attached to the outer portion of an aristocrat's baby carrier. It is a particularly fine example of the genre.



Vicki Shiba

Vicki Shiba :: Beaded panel, Borneo
Vicki Shiba :: Beaded panel, Borneo