Indonesian Mythological ‘Naga’ Dragons, Circa 1950
“This intriguing series of concentric tendrils are mythological ‘Naga’ Dragons. They adorn and protect the immense granary of a Raja or King. The dragons personify the female deities of the earth and the underworld. The seed and grain are thought to be more vital and secure with the invocation of these auspicious symbols of tradition.
This granary was the largest known in Borneo, one of the biggest islands on earth. There were four adornments like this one attached to the structure on its sides. There were five much larger elements attached to the center of the peaked roof. One of these elements from this set of nine adornments is now in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
The harsh tropical conditions of equatorial Borneo caused these ornaments to constantly be reconstructed and repainted because they directly received the weather. This is a genuine ethnographic specimen from a vanishing world.”
Reference: “LIFE, DEATH & MAGIC” 2000 YEARS OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN ANCESTRAL ART” – ROBYN MAXWELL. NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA. CANBERRA, 2010. Pages 48-49
Made by the Kenyah or the Apo Kayan people of Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.
WIDTH: 60 in | HEIGHT: 73 in | DEPTH: 13 in
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