Architectural Element from a Longhouse
Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
Provenance: Collected in the 1970's in Indonesia
Early 20th century
Dayak longhouses are large communal dwelling structures, which can consist of more than 50 rooms. Carved of hard ironwood, Dayak longhouses were heavily decorated with carvings of spirits, such as this Aso figure. The Aso is one of the most important protective mythological creatures in Dayak folklore. This example flows beautifully with the shape of the architectural element. While many Aso figures can be depicted in an aggressive fashion, this example almost appears serene. The creature's head is titled down towards its body, creating a lyrical energy.
L: 62 in. Height of Aso: 20 in.
IN 03-5-15/ SOLD