Beaded Panel from Baby Carrier
Maloh Tribe, Borneo, Indonesia
Late 19th/early 20th century
H: 7 in x W: 20 in :: 17.78 cm x 50.8 cm
This panel features a complex array of protective aso or dragon-like mythological creatures. Such designs were intended to repel sickness and to protect a child by warding off malevolent spirits. Most often, these panels were attached to the outer portion of an aristocrat's baby carrier. It is a particularly fine example of the genre.
Inventory # 102702