Guardian Demon “Mask”, Borneo

Dayak, Borneo
Wood
Mid 20th Century or earlier
36″ x 13″

The Fanged Deity is an animistic motif found on Dayak shields, swords and longhouses as devices to guard against malevolent ghosts and evil spirits that may being hanging around causing mischief or worse… This is a particularly strong example with fine carving and rigorous expression.