H: 33 cm (1’ 1”)
Estimated age: end of the 19th century
Provenance: Old British collection; old French collection
According to reports from anthropologists who study Borneo and its people, the ba’ is often cited as a means for carrying children, highlighting its role of “guardian” of the soul to protect from evil spirits and diseases, and its specific style of jewelry representing a particular social class. Carved from dark brown wood with three typical Bahau figures with widely opened big eyes. Very nice dark brown patina, which shows the age of the piece.