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Title

Armband for a warrior or hunter

19th century-20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Among the Dayak and Iban societies of Borneo, armbands and bracelets made from wood, shell, ivory and various metals are worn by males and females of all ages. Adornments such as this elegant and richly patinated armband of Kenyah or Kayan origin were made from imported and locally
sourced ivory.

The armband would have been considered an item of value associated with high status and may have been worn by a hunter or warrior as a prized trophy to empower the wearer with the animal life-force of the hunted creature.


Details


Other Titles

Bracelet

Armband


Place where the work was made

Kalimantan Borneo Indonesia


Cultural origin

Kenyah or Kayan


Date

19th century-20th century


Media category

Jewellery


Materials used

ivory


Dimensions

3.0 x 2.0 x 11.5 cm diam.


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

547.2010



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019


Provenance


Christopher Wilson, pre Nov 1986-1996, probably purchased in Sarawak, Malaysia mid 1970s or 1985. Appears in 'Southeast Asian tribal art', an unpublished text by Christopher Wilson, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, November 1986.

Mariann Ford, 1996-Dec 2010, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, inherited from the estate of Christopher Wilson. Gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010.


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Southeast Asian Tribal Art, Nov 1986, Plate 13 (colour illus.) unpaginated..

Ancestral art of the Indonesian archipelago, Sydney, 2017, 81 (colour illus.).