Rare Dayak Ritual Calendar/Oracle Tablet, Borneo Island
height 12 1/4in (31cm)
carved on both sides with ritual symbols and pierced on one side with remnants of sennit cordage, highlighted on the top with an intricately carved head of a mythological aso figure; indigenous repair at the base and remnants of lime deposits.
James Barker, Albuquerque, NM
Private Collection, Hawaii
While Dayak calendars are somewhat common, it is very rare to find one with such finely carved aso representations on the top as depicted in the presented work.