Bahau Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia, 19th century
This aso figure was originally an architectureal element of a longhouse.
Aso figures are one of the most important protective mythological creatures
in Dayak lore. This dynamic carving is ready to spring out into the air.
It is carved from ironwood, which is extremely dense. It has a beautiful,
gray weathered surface with remnants of old pigment. It is in excellent
Length is 13 inches, height is 4.5 inches.
SOLD / 5-15-12