Finely carved and beaded primitive traditional carriers from the tribe in south east asia, Indonesia. Ornaments with cultural aso dragon motif and also ancient treasure box.
The Dayak people represent a group of Proto-Malayans inhabiting the inner part of Borneo (the largest Indonesian island). They are related to the Batak of northern Sumatra, Filipino Ifugao, and various tribes from Timor, Celebes, Sumatra and Moluccas. The Dayaks experienced many external influences, especially practice. Dayaks are highly conservative, and each village is organized in clans composed of various families who accept the authority of a single chief.
Dayaks worship a superhuman power; “Semangat,” that rules the lives of humans, animals and plants. This invisible life force is omnipresent: in all human body parts, shadows, names, the water in which a human or animal bathed, traces imprinted in mud… Semangat can enter any body. It’s a “soul” that can be destroyed by more powerful entities. The Dayak beleive; each persons soul is inherited from a forebearer. Dayak wooden carvings host the souls of the dead. All Dayak souls submit to two divine powers: the sky; imaged as a hornbill bird, with land and water,
symbolized by a snake.