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Orang Ulu Baby Carrier ('Ba')

Ba Orang Ulu Baby Carrier

Estimated to be over 60 years old.

Note: Conch shells used to store baby's umbilical cord and also to keep evil spirits away with the noise it/they make as they knock against each other.

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Utilitarian Basket ('Baka')

Baka Utility Basket

Used for everyday chores such as storage of farm produce, as containers in the household, etc.

Note: The pattern woven on the basket and colour used is most likely from a natural source. Sourced from the Saribas area of Sarawak. The shiny patina suggests that this specimen is rather old.

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Iban Wedding Basket

Iban Wedding Basket

Double weave technique applied with the fine weave shown on the outside. The inside is constructed with a thicker version of the same material for strength.

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The Harvesting Basket. Iban. ('Sintong')

Sintong Iban Harvesting Basket

Used for the harvesting of rice. The two loops are used to string the basket around the harvester. When filled, the contents are then emptied into the 'Lanji'

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Rice Basket. Iban ('Lanji')

Lanji Iban Rice Basket

Used to transport rice from the fields to the longhouse. Sometimes known as the "love basket" as the men folk carve the poles & framework and the women folk do the weaving.

Note: Intricate weave at the rim of the basket as well as the interesting patterns on the body. This piece is sourced from the Saribas area in Sarawak.

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Iban Hornbill Effigy - Kenyalang

Iban Hornbill Effigy - Kenyalang

Crafted by: Tuai Rumah Tuntu anak Ragu
Origin: Batang Lupar, 2nd Division, Sarawak
Price: USD 315.80

The most famous Iban carving is the kenyalang. The main function of the kenyalang is to ‘fly’ to any enemy longhouse and put all its warriors out of commission. This is achieved on a set day of the festival, when the effigies are taken out of the house and fixed on tall poles on the verandah, pointing in the direction of their attack. The enemy will be overtaken by giddiness, blindness, or any number of other weaknesses gleefully described by the owners of the kenyalang, and will certainly be vanquished without much trouble during the next raid.

(Text taken from Pages 8 & 9, Sarawak Crafts - Images of Asia by Heidi Munan)

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Orang Ulu Carved Seat

Orang Ulu Carved Seat

Origin: Very likely from the Tinjar area of Sarawak
Age: 50+ years
Price: USD 1,263.16

A fine old piece acquired as part of a comprehensive collection from a now retired artifact dealer. Some minor repair works on insignificant sections. An outstanding specimen of fine Sarawak Orang Ulu wood carving

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Iban Kandi Betel Nut Basket

Iban Kandi Betel Nut Basket

Origin: Saribas Area, Sarawak
Age: 30+ years
Price: USD 105.27

Acquired from the Saribas area of Sarawak where the finest basketry works are produced, this betel nut basket is an exquisite example of proud craftsmanship of a utilitarian item.

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Iban Silver Corset

Iban Silver Corset

Origin: Saratok, Sarawak
Age: 80+ years
Price: USD 473.69

A beautiful work of art, such silver corset/belt is the final adornments onto an elaborate ceremonial outfit worn by pretty Iban maidens. Such high value item is normally passed onto the younger generations as heirlooms. This fine piece is embellished with silver coins and an intricately designed buckle.

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Iban Lupong Medicine Box

Iban Lupong Medicine Box

Origin: Lachau, Sarawak
Age: 30+ years
Price: USD 223.69

An important ritualistic item used to contain different paraphernalia for traditional ritual healing ceremonies. This finely worked piece is acquired from the ethnic peoples residing in the border regions separating Sarawak from Kalimantan Borneo.

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