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Dayak Medicine Box Borneo Island, Indonesia


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Collection No. TB-2159
Size 43cm x 24cm x 24cm
Dayak Medicine Box Borneo Island, Indonesia
Dayak Medicine Box Borneo Island, Indonesia
Dayak Medicine Box Borneo Island, Indonesia
Dayak Medicine Box Borneo Island, Indonesia

A fine early Shamans Medical Box Backpack, Called Lupong Manang , From the Dayak People, Borneo Island, Indonesia , Early 20th Century,

The Dayak people on the Island of Borneo are animists as much of  the ancient Indonesian Archipeligo, the shaman is the connection for the people with the spirit world where healing can take place for all types of ailments.

The carved wood rectangular shaped box with peaked lid is held together with bamboo cane & bush string. Attached to one side of the box are ten carved wood charms in human and anthropomorphic forms ranging in size from 6-15cm.  Several of the charms have small parts missing as they are used to make botanical & spiritual medicines for people seeking cures from physical and spiritual maladies. Little bits of the charm is carved into the potion to heal the sick person.  The box called  are an important part of a shamans healing tools.

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