Enquiry about object: 5770
Dayak Carved Wooden Humanoid Stopper
Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia 19th century
height (with stand): 9.8cm, width: 5cm, weight (without stand): 32g
Private collection, UK
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This very charming carved wooden stopper is carved as a human-type figure seated with legs before him or her and the elbows on the knees.
The figure has been carved with long hair and elaborate carving down the back.
Such stoppers were used to close bamboo containers that held powdered lime that was an integral part of the betel quid.
A related stopper is illustrated in Schoffel (1981, p. 150).
The wood has a beautiful black-brown patina. There are plenty of signs of age and use: one arm is missing and there is much wear to the figure’s face.
It comes with a high-quality custom-made metal stand.
Schoffel, A., Arts Primitifs de l’Asie du Sud-Est (Assam, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines): Collection Alain Schoffel, Alain et Francoise Chaffin, 1981.