Borneo. Hand forged iron. This dates to a period of active headhunting amongst the Kayan-Dayak peoples who had a collective belief in Animism. Taking heads was a means of revenge, and also a way of seizing the strength and power of enemies. Circa late 19th Century.
Ex. Marc Pinto, Perth. Ex. Bonham's Oceanic Art, sale no. 22484, lot no. 22.
15.5 in. x 1.5 in. / 39.4 cm. x 3.81 cm.