The Dayak are the native people of Kalimantan. Their classification is largely limited among the ethnic groups traditionally concentrated in the south and interior of Sarawak and Kalimantan. Ot Danum is a generic term meaning “people who live in the upper regions along rivers.” In the past, the Dayak were feared for their ancient tradition of headhunting practices. The lid of a medicine box showing a fertility figure, which looks pregnant and is holding its belly. Dark and light brown patina.
H: 6 cm (approx. 2”)
age: early 20th century
Provenance: Austrian private collection