An image of Ba' (baby carrier)

Unknown Artist

Ba' (baby carrier)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Like modern baby backpacks, the Dayak, or indigenous communities of Borneo, carry their infants in richly decorated ba’. The carriers are made of fibre, plaited and woven like a basket, and have a wooden base to hold the child. The cowrie shells on the ba’ symbolise fertility. Tiger claws, teeth, boar tusk, bells and other charms on the carrier protect the baby from harmful spirits. Regarded as a particularly auspicious colour, the blue beads on the ba’ bring about happiness and wellbeing.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2008.

Place of origin
Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Dayak
Year
20th century
Media
Weaving, Textile
Medium
fibre, wood, cotton, beads, bone, shell and other material
Dimensions
27.0 x 45.0 x 20.0 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of Peter Court and family in memory of Dee Court 2008
Accession number
421.2008