Iban, Dayak, Sarawak, West Borneo
19th-early 20th century
Provenance: Karob collection, Boston. Made of wood, this was used as a tool for weaving: The yarn of the so-called ‘weft threads’ is wound in the interior of this object and the weaver ‘throws’ the entire shuttle alternately from the left or from the right through the separated ‘fans’ of the stretched warp threads. This weaving tool was stained red- brown and decorated in etched relief with typical Dayak patterns (spikes, curves, volutes and leafy tendrils).