Wooden Stopper

Dayak, Borneo, Indonesia
19th-early 20th century
Provenance: Helmut Pasche Collection

Dayak Shamans stored magical substances within bamboo containers. These containers would have been fastened with carved wooden stoppers. Each stopper is carved to protect the magical materials inside. This example is carved in the shape of a seated figure. While the facial features are simply delineated; the eyes, mouth and hair style are clearly visible. Although the figure is stoic in its posture, the presence of a small figure on its back is a playful addition. The stopper’s deep encrusted patina has built up over decades of exposure, storage and use.

Height: 5 3/4 in.
IN 11-2-15 / SOLD