Rattan splitter

East Borneo
Kayanic Dayak complex
22.5 × 15 × 51.5 cm
Inv. BO.10.032

Splitting utensil used to produce the narrow bands of vegetable fibre (rattan, bamboo) that were used in the weaving of objects for everyday and ceremonial use. The splitting was achieved by forcing the vegetable fibre between the two sharp blades stuck into the triangular base of the wood block.

This splitter is in excellent state, and displays a beautiful relief decoration representing the face of a guardian divinity.

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