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Loan Object

Dragon-Snake Figure (Aso)

18th–19th century

Wood

13 3/8 × 48 7/16 × 2 3/4 in. (34 × 123 × 7 cm)
base: 3/8 × 25 3/16 × 4 3/4 in. (1 × 64 × 12 cm)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.551
Many Southeast Asian cultures represent a mythical dragon-snake. In addition to dragon- and snakelike features, an image of the creature may also incorporate characteristics of other animals. A dragon-snake figure has a protective function and is also associated with fertility. It usually appears at doorways, on house gables, and on ritual objects. The Dayak people of the interior of Borneo call the dragon-snake aso.
Geography: 
Made in Borneo, Indonesia
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Borneo
Period: 
18th–19th century
Classification: 
Architectural Elements
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: A. Schoffel, Brittany, France

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