Tribal Bod Mod
Shaman's Box, Borneo, Bidayuh People
Regular price $750.00
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Vintage from the 1940s
An old shaman's box from Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Crafted from palm bark and fiber, with bound carved hardwood talismanic figures on the sides and top, and with various protective and ritual items inside. This is an older, genuine traditional Bidayuh article. Very collectible and displayable. Stands about 11 1/2 inches high, including top figure, and about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Bidayuh is the collective name for several indigenous groups found in southern Sarawak and northern West Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo, that are broadly similar in language and culture. The name "Bidayuh" means 'inhabitants of land'. Originally from the western part of Borneo, and collectively known as the Land Dayak. They constitute one of the main indigenous groups in Sarawak and West Kalimantan and live in towns and villages around Kuching and Samarahan in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. They are the second largest Dayak ethnic group in Sarawak after the Iban and one of the major Dayak tribes in West Kalimantan.