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19th century-20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Places where the work was made
    Kalimantan Borneo Indonesia
    Sarawak Borneo Malaysia
    19th century-20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    silver alloy
    3.0 x 1.5 x 11.0 cm diam.
    Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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. The scrolling ornamentation on this armband resembles designs of protective paired dragons and the undulating waters of the underworld, which are found tattooed on the body and emblazoned on the surface of all manner of objects including clothing, weapons and baby carriers.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

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 Appears in 'Southeast Asian tribal art', an unpublished text by Christopher Wilson, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, November 1986.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