Dayak Spirit Hook
Lundayah people, Upper Baram River, Sarawak, Malaysia
Late 19th/early 20th century
Wood with fine patina, opaque glass beads
H: 9.75 in :: 24.75 cm
A spirit hook for hanging magical amulets. This beautiful rendition of an anthropomorphic flying fox or a bat is used by the shaman as a vehicle for returning the wandering soul of an ill person back to his body.
Inventory # 102636