1113 Rare Antique Dayak Borneo Baby Carrier With Sea Shells

Superbly decorated baby carrier from Borneo / Kalimantan

The sea shells have been arranged in the pattern of a spiirit meant for the protection of the child. Also has a tiger bell and hand made trade beads.

The basic mat structure is covered by an Ikat woven Pua Kumbu cloth.

For carrying a baby / child upto 3 years of age , the baby carrier is positioned upfront to allow breast feeding.

Likely origin:  the Orang Ulu or the Maloh people


Height 33cm

Estimated to be from the early 1900s

LITERATURE REFERENCE : Photographs of baby carriers being used in real life may be seen on pages 55-56 of the book titled "Borneo - A photographic Journey" by Dennis Lau



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