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Amulet Figure

Dayak tribe, Borneo, Indonesia
Early 20th C.

Provenance: Ten Houten collection, The Netherlands, inv. # TH 1017 painted in white on the back of one leg.

Seated with one arm positioned across its body and the other resting on its leg, this figure is a very fine and powerful example of Dayak sculpture. The male figure is large for an amulet and has great scale and presence. Its face is the most expressive aspect of the sculpture. Its open mouth and carved teeth emanate aggression. The stylized body is compact and grounded, providing a pleasing counterbalance to the more fully conceived head and face. Made of very hard wood the patina is varied and old, remains of original pigment can still be found all over the figure.

Amulet Figure

Dayak tribe, Borneo, Indonesia
Early 20th C.

Provenance: Ten Houten collection, The Netherlands, inv. # TH 1017 painted in white on the back of one leg.

Seated with one arm positioned across its body and the other resting on its leg, this figure is a very fine and powerful example of Dayak sculpture. The male figure is large for an amulet and has great scale and presence. Its face is the most expressive aspect of the sculpture. Its open mouth and carved teeth emanate aggression. The stylized body is compact and grounded, providing a pleasing counterbalance to the more fully conceived head and face. Made of very hard wood the patina is varied and old, remains of original pigment can still be found all over the figure.

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