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Ossuary End

Bahau Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: Karob collection, Boston, acquired in Jakarta in the 1970’s

Made of lightweight wood, this coffin end was part of a small coffin or ossuary that contained the bones of an infant. The guardian face has large protruding round eyes, a heart shaped facial structure and horn like ears. The aggressive face has a menacing presence, as the jaw juts outwards.

Ossuary End

Bahau Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: Karob collection, Boston, acquired in Jakarta in the 1970’s

Made of lightweight wood, this coffin end was part of a small coffin or ossuary that contained the bones of an infant. The guardian face has large protruding round eyes, a heart shaped facial structure and horn like ears. The aggressive face has a menacing presence, as the jaw juts outwards.