An image of Armband for a warrior or hunter

Unknown Artist

Armband for a warrior or hunter

Other titles:
Bracelet, Armband
Not on display
Further information

Among the Dayak and Iban societies of Borneo, armbands and bracelets made from wood, shell, ivory and various metals are worn by males and females of all ages. Adornments such as this elegant and richly patinated armband of Kenyah or Kayan origin were made from imported and locally
sourced ivory.

The armband would have been considered an item of value associated with high status and may have been worn by a hunter or warrior as a prized trophy to empower the wearer with the animal life-force of the hunted creature.

Place of origin
Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Kenyah or Kayan
19th century-20th century
3.0 x 2.0 x 11.5 cm diam.
Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010
Accession number
Christopher Wilson, pre Nov 1986-1996, probably purchased in Sarawak, Malaysia mid 1970s or 1985. Appears in 'Southeast Asian tribal art', an unpublished text by Christopher Wilson, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, November 1986.
Mariann Ford, 1996-Dec 2010, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, inherited from the estate of Christopher Wilson. Gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010.