Loan Object
Photo by Johan Vipper
Photo credit: Johan Vipper

Flight Container for Poison Darts

19th century

Gourd and wood, with silver, metal, beads, and cord

19 x 8 x 8 cm (7 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.) base: 7.5 x 7.5 x 11.5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 15/16 x 4 1/2 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.300
Most people in the interior of Borneo are farmers who grow rice, tubers, and vegetables, but hunting is also important for the region. Until recently, small groups of nomadic people, the Punan and Penan, lived almost exclusively by hunting and gathering. Game and birds are shot with poisoned arrows. The poison is kept in elaborately decorated gourd vessels like this one.
Culture: 
probably Kayan
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Other
Geography: 
Made in Borneo, Indonesia
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: S. LeGuennan, Paris

Bibliography: 

Jerome Feldman, The Eloquent Dead: Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 1985), 108, fig. 118.

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