Indonesia, Borneo, Central Kalimantan, Ngaju Dayak peoples, ca. mid 20th century CE. A well-carved ritual calendar, made from a dark hardwood, of an elongated trapezoidal form and with carving on front and back. One side features two groups of reliefs: the upper one a series of panels, the lower one grids. These are used to help people determine if traveling or performing certain tasks on certain days will have a positive or negative outcome - the boxes marked "x" are days to be avoided. The other side features a relief carving of the Hudoq spirit, central to Dayak belief, and two wheels, one representing prey animals, the other tribal warfare. Size: 3.1" W x 9.7" H (7.9 cm x 24.6 cm); 11" H (27.9 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Johnson collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
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The wooden surface is lightly weathered with some stable fissures on the surface. Nice preservation of detail and form.