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Title

Armband

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. 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.


Details


Other Title

Bracelet


Places where the work was made

Kalimantan Borneo Indonesia
Sarawak Borneo Malaysia


Date

19th century-20th century


Media category

Jewellery


Materials used

silver alloy


Dimensions

3.0 x 1.5 x 11.0 cm diam.


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

548.2010



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, 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 Appears in 'Southeast Asian tribal art', an unpublished text by Christopher Wilson, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, November 1986.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.


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Southeast Asian Tribal Art, Nov 1986, Plate 14 (colour illus.) unpaginated..

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