Worktop. Kapang Ai

East Borneo
Modang Dayak
Wood, dyes
69.5 × 21 × 2.5 cm
Price: CHF 1'200.-
Inv. BO.12.067

Wooden board, ornamented with fretwork and engravings representing the mythical dragon-dog (aso’), used as support on which different activities may be performed, such as weaving vegetable fibres or glass pearls.

Such elaborately carved worktops are used by women and are well documented in catalogues, books and collections of Dayak art. Hornbill and Dragon (p. 178) and The Eloquent Dead (p. 107) are two references presenting different kinds of kapang ai.

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