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Dayak Brass Bracelet

Dayak People, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia
early 20th century

external diameter: 10cm, internal diameter: 8cm, weight: 141g



private collection, UK.

This fine cast brass bracelet would have been by a Dayak man. It is perfectly round with flattened contours giving it almost a sculptural quality.

The Dayak people are indigenous to the island of Borneo which is shared by three countries: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The pair here are believed to have been collected from the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo.

It has a splendid patina, with clear age, and is in excellent condition. It is highly wearable.


Chin, L., Cultural Heritage of Sarawak, Sarawak Museum, 1980.

Invernizzi Tettoni, L. & E. Ong, Living in Sarawak, Thames & Hudson, 1996.

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