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Title

Bamboo tube (solep) with stopper or charm (karuhai) in the form of seated figure

19th century-20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Decorative bamboo tubes and containers for utilitarian and ceremonial use are widespread in the arts of Borneo. Often present in negotiation and exchange, they were used to hold household items, luxury goods and medicines. Designs vary from depictions of plant motifs and protective symbols to more elaborate narrative imagery relating to the myths and legends of Borneo.While the precise purpose and origin of this tube (‘solep’) and stopper or charm (‘karuhai’) are unknown, the overall design is characteristic of examples created and used by Ngaju shamans of central Kalimantan. Seated atop a lotus-like base, the charm figure would have been carved by a shaman and then attached to the bamboo tube and anointed with offerings of blood or egg.


Details


Other Titles

Medicine container

Medicine container with carved stopper in shape of a seated figure


Place where the work was made

Borneo Indonesia


Cultural origin

Ngaju or Iban


Date

19th century-20th century


Media category

Ceremonial object


Materials used

bamboo and wood


Dimensions

36.0 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm :

a - bamboo container; 26 x 3.2 cm

b - wood stopper; 12.1 x 2.5 cm


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Accession number

559.2010.a-b



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Niki van den Heuvel, Ancestral art of the Indonesian archipelago, Sydney, 2017, 48 (colour illus.).

Unknown, Southeast Asian Tribal Art, Nov 1986, Plate 8, (colour illus) unpaginated..