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Aso Guardian Figure

Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
19th century or before

Provenance: French collection, acquired from Alain Schoffel in the 1980’s

The Aso is one of the most important symbols in Dayak Culture. It’s a composite mythological beast, part dog and dragon. It acts as a guardian figure, protecting the Dayak from malevolent spirits. This particular example was most likely protecting the stored contents inside of a sacred cave. It’s carved from a lightweight wood, and has a subtle, weathered surface typical of pieces found in sacred caves.

Aso Guardian Figure

Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
19th century or before

Provenance: French collection, acquired from Alain Schoffel in the 1980’s

The Aso is one of the most important symbols in Dayak Culture. It’s a composite mythological beast, part dog and dragon. It acts as a guardian figure, protecting the Dayak from malevolent spirits. This particular example was most likely protecting the stored contents inside of a sacred cave. It’s carved from a lightweight wood, and has a subtle, weathered surface typical of pieces found in sacred caves.