This section is for the collections of finely carved old totem poles and tun tun. These ornaments are important not only for decoration as well as ritual and ceremony in Asia. Totem poles of various indigenous tribes around the world usually have interesting stories to tell.

The carved wooden object usually takes the figure of a woman or a man or a decorated pole. What comes into play is the  availability of skilled woodcarvers and what he is comfortable with during the carving of totem poles.

A certain amount of ritual usually accompanied  the ceremony of erecting the sininggazanak. The Bobohizan (native medicine woman) would usually lead the chanting of prayers calling upon spirits to enter the monument or totem poles. Therefore, by doing so, the good spirits will be the guardians of the totem poles. As a result, a lot of respect will be accorded to the monument. Failing which the disrespectful will either fall sick or even die.

As Kadazans in these districts are now mainly Roman Catholics, this old cultural practice has slowly died out. Interestingly, according to Peter Phelan in his book, Kadazans are not the only people who practised this in the Malay world. Quoting Ogden, Bataks in Sumatra too practised the same thing. Thus, to make sure the spirit of a person who had died heirless rest in peace. Then, a life-size image of the dead was made on the totem poles. Therefore, this is called Si Galegale in the Batak language.

These artefacts are suitable for home decoration for their cultural tribal outlook.

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TO0116 CEREMONIAL POLE (680-760mm) THREE Ritual Stick Cane Totem Statue Tuntun Tribal Borneo


TO0115 CARVED POLE TUNGGAL Panaluan 1700mm Batak Ritual Stick Ceremonial Statue Sculpture Figurine


TO0112 MAGIC STAFF 500-520mm Three Tunggal Panaluan Ritual Pole Statue Figure Figurine Sculpture


TO0100 TWO GIANT 10.7 FEET Sacred Pole Totem Dayak Ritual Native Pillar Carved Trunk Wood Statue Sculpture Art Garden Deco


TO0107 TunTun BAHAU 400mm SACRED TRIBAL POLE Old Shaman Figure Headhunter Dayak Statue Borneo


TO0108 SACRED HUNTING POLE 300mm Carved Wood Statue Stick Figure Figurine Tribal Native Borneo


TO0110 ANCESTRAL Antique RITUAL STICK 370mm Ironwood Borneo Figure Figurine Statue Sculpture Tribal Dayak Asia


TO0102 BORNEO TOTEM BURIAL 465mm/18.3″ SANDUNG / Roofed Miniature Coffin Cemetery Tribal Asia


TO0106 THREE IN ONE TunTun Ritual Mini Totem Pole Stick Hunter Headhunter Dayak Statue asian ornament


TO086 TWO 900mm WALKING STICK HARDWOOD CANE City and Hiking Rod Staff Pole Statue Tribal


TO0105 BLACK HARDWOOD DAYAK RITUAL POLE Old TunTun Figure Headhunter Dyak Statue Borneo


TO0104 THREE MAN RITUAL POLE Dayak Bahau Guardian Figure Sculpture Artifact Antique Effigy Borneo