Bahau Dayak Baby Carrier, East Kalimantan, Borneo Island
12 1/2 by 18in (31.5 by 46cm)
decorated with a beaded panel, trade beads, and bells, attached to trade cloth, rattan frame, wood base and wood support posts.
The bead panel is a talismanic amulet meant to protect the 'sacred bundle' as well as display the status of the family. The primary motif is two dragons (yellow beads) facing a totem like structure in the center intertwined with two additional dragons in reverse (black beads). The bell decorations are meant to scare off malevolent spirits.
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
1,600 - 2,300
£1,300 - 2,000
African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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