Fighting Cap


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P1139A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kayan
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Section Oceanian
Materials Rattan | Civet Cat Skin | Goat Hair | Cowrie Shell | Orang-utan Hair | Glass | Cone Shell | Nassa Shell | Clouded Leopard Tooth

Fighting cap. "[War-cap] of rattan and split bamboo." (Furness, The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters, following p. 92) Woven rattan base covered with spotted civit cat skin. Peaked top of yellow and black beadwork. "Face" composed of round shell eye and oval shell nose, mouth with cowrie shell teeth and four leopard tooth fangs, flanked by hanks of orangutan hair. Black and white tail feather of rhinoceros hornbill (P1139B).

Height 17 cm
Width 50 cm
Outside Diameter 20 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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