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Sun hat

East Borneo
Kenyah Dayak
Wood, pandanus leaves, beads, velvet, metal
Ø 42 cm
Inv. 2.005

A classical Kenyah sun hat, it is decorated with woven glass beads representing the faces of divinities.

This kind of hats, traditionally produced by skilful weavers, has been published in Hornbill and Dragon (pp. 154-155), Ring of Fire (p. 239), and several catalogues of museum collections.

In this case the glass pearl weaving, which is the most important element of this piece, has probably been used several times over the years, as testified by the dark patina on the divinitie's faces.

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