Welcome to Borneo antique gallery of tribal arts and culture. From 2007 to 2017 Borneo antique gallery was using our old website. Now it has been moved to http://www.borneoartifact.net as we are having new site of this. Borneo antique gallery prefer to keep it as it has many other sold items which are important ornaments. Therefore, the collections of sold items can also be found at this link: Gallery of Asian Antiques.
Amazing sound from this antique bowl
Keris is a special type of dagger originating from the island of Java. Through out history it has been used by some of the largest empires in Southeast Asia. These include the Malaccan Empire, the Singhasari Kingdom and the Majapahit Empire. It has also been used by the Sultanate of Maguindanao. It shows that the keris has even reached the southern Philippines. The blade is created by using alternating lamination of iron and nickel. Borneo antique gallery display many keris.
According to legend, the keris has supernatural powers which its owners can use to save lives. This can be done by washing or bathing the keris on the first Javanese lunar new year. Then, the dagger is offered a selection of fragrant flowers, rice and incense. General belief is that poor treatment of the keris can cause its magical powers to disappear. Enjoy Browsing borneo antique gallery.
Wooden carving traditions and skills can be found throughout the Indonesian archipelago. With the most famous being from Bali, Central Java, Madura, Sumatra and Papua. Different areas developed very different traditions. Therefore, many items are immediately identifiable as being created by particular ethnic groups. Hence, most popular expats are Javanese and Balinese.
Even amongst wooden carvings from a particular province. The differences in design, style and subject matter are easily evidenced after some study. Irianese tribes such as the Asmat, Dani, and Komoro have very distinctive styles of carvings of totem poles, weapons, figures and utensils.
Whimsical, brightly colored modern carvings are produced primarily in Bali. And the popularity of these pieces has influenced the wooden carving traditions of other regions as well. Borneo antique gallery showcases many wooden carving statues.
The use of ancient spirit masks have given way to masks used in many traditional dances. Therefore, these tribal masks, topeng, depict the various characters in the story told by the dance. As a result, tribal masks enable the performers to assume new identities. As well as, depict a variety of characters from demons to animals, princes or gods. Thus, amongst the most famous masks used in dance are the Rangda and Barong masks from Bali. In this traditional dance, the interaction of Rangda, representing evil. However, the Barong, representing good, restores the harmony between the good and evil in life. Borneo antique gallery displays many tribal masks.
Masks from other ethnic groups were used widely in the past to communicate with ancestors. As well as, for blessings, harvests, protection from evil spirits.
Fragrant sandalwood from the Nusa Tenggara is available in carvings. Medicine, incense, cosmetics, prayer beads and useful items such. Hence, it is usually stored in a special glass cabinet in stores. When strolling past the cabinet acquaint you with the exotic fragrance of this special wood. Enjoy viewing Borneo antique gallery.
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