Musical and Ritual Instruments from Southeast Asia – Japan, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Tibet, Vietnam: Sacred, Secular, and Unusual

INSTRUMENTS!!!

Large Drum, with tacks, China, vintage, Wood, metal, hde, paint, 60" x 35", $5500., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Antique Chinese Tiger Drum (side view – alternate views below)

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY BROWSING OUR INTRIGUING COLLECTION OF HANDMADE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Carved, cast and intricately constructed, they are beautiful works of art as well. From across Southeast Asia, vintage to contemporary, tribal folk craft to fine art, every piece was masterfully engineered to produce a particular sound. Each has its own intangible significance – some sacred from temples, shrines or holy spaces, some employed by shaman as both costume and instrument and some for traditional, secular use. Music is a highly evocative, healing and transportive magic that transcends time and spoken language and exists in every culture. Please scroll through these enchanting sound makers. (organized by type of instrument – drums, gongs, bells, strings etc… vs by country)

DRUMS

Musical Instrument, Large Drum, Byo-Uchi-Daiko (drum with tacks), Japan, vintage, Wood, metal, hide, paint, 60" x 35", $, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Vintage Chinese Hanging Tiger Drum (top view), wood, metal tacks, hide, paint, 60″ x 35″, $5500.

 

Musical Instrument, Large Drum, Byo-Uchi-Daiko (drum with tacks), China, vintage, Wood, metal, hide, paint, 60" x 35", $, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Vintage Chinese Hanging Tiger Drum (detail side view)
 
Musical Instrument, Early 19th c Edo Period Taiko Style (tacked down) Japanese Drum, Keyaki wood (Japanese Red Elm), rawhde, red paint metal tacks, ink, 19" x 18", $1250.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style, Nagadou (long body) Drum

Early 19th c, Keyaki (zelkova) wood, hide, red pigment, metal tacks, carved from one piece of wood,  ink, 19″ x 18″, $1250.

Japanese Taiko Style (tacked down) Drum, Japan, 19th c Edo Period, (new head skin and tacks), wood, rawhide, rope, iron rings and tacks, ink/paint, 20" x 24", $1200.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style (tacked down) Drum

19th c, (new head skin and tacks), Keyaki wood, hide, rope, iron rings and tacks, ink/paint, carved from one block of wood; 20″ x 24″, $1200.

Musical Instrument, Edo period Taiko Buddhist Drum, Japan, 18th c, keyaki wood (Japanese red elm), metal panel on side, metal tacks on rawhide skin (missing center of drum head skin on both sides) Metal ring with rope for carrying, 29 1/2" x 34", $2800. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style Nagadou (long body) Drum

19th c, Buddhist Drum, Keyaki (zelkova ) wood, metal panel on side, metal tacks on rawhide skin (missing center of drum head skin both sides) Metal ring with rope for carrying, carved from one block of wood; 29 1/2″ x 34″, $2800.

Musical Instrument, Hanging drum, Japan, wood frame, wood drum, hide head painted with black and gold, with Tomoe symbols (circular, turning motif referring to motion of the earth and play of forces, metal tacks, 18 1/4" x 6 1/2" ; frame - 52 1/2" x 30 1/2"), $650., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood, hide head painted with black and gold ‘Tomoe’ symbol (circular, turning motif referring to motion of the earth and play of forces), metal tacks, 18 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ ; frame – 52 1/2″ x 30 1/2″, $650.

Japanese Hanging Drum, wood and metal frame, rawhide skin tacked down. 21 1/2" x 6", (30" x 27" x 13" with stand), $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood and metal frame, hide skin tacked down. 21 1/2″ x 6″, (30″ x 27″ x 13″ with stand), $750.

Japanese Hanging Temple Drum, wood, rawhide, metal tacks and rings, 22 1/2" x 33", (31" x 33" with frame), $950.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Temple Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood, hide, metal tacks and rings, 22 1/2″ x 33″, (31″ x 33″ with frame), $950. (see top detail image below)

top detail of Japanese Hanging Taiko Style Drum
top detail of Japanese Hanging Drum (previous image)
Temple Drum, Tibet, 100+ years old, Wood, carved and painted polychrome by hand Iron, string, fabric and papier-mâché, decprated with Tibetan symbols. It is played with a curved stick and used for religious ceremonies and for meditation. 44 1/2" x 16 1/2" x 3 1/4", $1100. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tibetan Handheld Temple Drum or ‘Dhyangro’; played with a curved stick

Early 20th c, Hide, Wood – carved and polychrome hand painted, iron, string, fabric and papier-mâché, decorated with Tibetan symbols. Played with a curved stick and used for religious ceremonies and meditation. 44 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $1100. SOLD (see detail image below)

detail of Tibetan Temple Drum
Description Musical Instuments, Drums, wood, paint, hide skin, Indonesia, left to right - 27 1/2" x 16" $295.; white/front- 20 1/2" x 12", $225.; 25 1/2" x 13", $280., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Drums with hide laced head (middle and small size are missing head skins)

Indonesia, Wood, paint, hide, left to right – 27 1/2″ x 16″ $295.; white/front- 20 1/2″ x 12″, $225.; 25 1/2″ x 13″, $280.

Double Headed Drum, Java, Indonesia, hide skin heads with hide lacing and tuning straps. wood and paint with metal rings for carrying strap, contemporary, 21" x 10" (top) x 7 3/4" (bottom); $440. ; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Double Headed Drum

Java, Indonesia, hide skin heads with hide lacing and tuning straps. wood and paint with metal rings for carrying strap, contemporary, 21″ x 10″ (top) x 7 3/4″ (bottom); $440. (side detail see image below)

side detail of Javanese Double Headed Drum
Sumbanese Carved Hornbill Bird Drum, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, hardwood, rawhide, strap and peg style head, The Hornbill is a religious symbol of great antiquity. 22" x 7" x 8"; $1100.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Carved Hornbill Bird Drum

Sumba Island, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, hardwood, rawhide, strap and peg style head, The Hornbill is a religious symbol of great antiquity. 22″ x 7″ x 8″; $1100.

TEMPLE RIN GONG/MEDITATION BELL

Buddhist Temple Altar, Hammered Bronze, Singing Bowl and Cushion Stand, with Wooden and hyde Striker and Striker Stand Japan, 7" x 10" (10 1/2" x 12 1/2" with cuchion, striker - 13 1/2" x 2" (5 1/2" tall with striker stand) $1250., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca,
Vintage Japanese Buddhist Temple Rin Gong or Meditation Bell, Cushion Stand, Striker and Striker Stand

Hand hammered bronze bowl with purple and gold cushion stand, hide wrapped wooden striker, decorative wooden striker stand; Bowl – 7″ x 10″ (10 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ with cushion) striker – 13 1/2″ x 2″ (5 1/2″ tall with striker stand) $1250. (set) 

GONGS

Musical Instrument, Hanging Gong and Striker with wood frame and hand carved stand, Japan, bronze, wood, fabric, rope, gong - 32 1/2" x 36" x 12" (Frame - 17 1/2" x 6"), $2400., thedavidalancollection , solana beach, ca
Japanese Buddhist Temple Gong and Striker

Hand carved wood frame and stand, bronze, rope, cloth, – 32 1/2″ x 36″ x 12″ (Frame – 17 1/2″ x 6″), $2400.

SLIT GONGS or DRUMS

Pair of Tribal Musical Instruments, Anthropomorphic Slit Drum or Gong, Kulkul, Bali, Indonesia, wood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. Left - 39 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7", $950.; Right - 34 1/2" x 7" x 7", $590.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Pair of Balanese Kulkul or Slit Gong or Drum

Bali, Indonesia, wood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. Left – 39 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x 7″, $950.; Right – 34 1/2″ x 7″ x 7″, $590.

Musical Instrument and long distance jungle communication system. Sumba Island, Indonesia, Teak wood, each one of these large gongs is carved from a single piece. This type of gong or drum was developed and used by people in the forested areas as its sound will carry far through the jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower, and used to call villagers to meetings or otherevents by tapping out a signal, base is 33 1/2" square, height is 108" (tallest) www.thedavidalancollection.com solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Slit Gongs and Striker (with stand)

Musical Instrument and long distance jungle communication system. Sumba Island, Indonesia, Teak wood, each one of these three large gongs has been carved from a single piece. This type of gong or drum was developed and used by people in forested areas. Its sound will carry far through the jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower, it was used to call villagers to meetings or other events by tapping out a signal. base is 33 1/2″ square, height is 108″ (tallest) $2800.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum/Gong, depicting Semar and important Javanese God/clown, Indonesia, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 36" x 10" x 12", $750., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Hanging Slit Gong or Drum Depicting Semar – a traditional God-like/clown

Java, Indonesia, Semar is an important God-like/clown, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle. (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 36″ x 10″ x 12″, $750. (see back detail in image below) 

Back detail) -Slit Drum or Gong, Semar (clown), Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 36" x 10" x 12", $750., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
back detail – Javanese Slit Gong or Drum – Semar, the character depicted, is a traditional God/clown (back detail from previous image)

Javanese Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 28" x 64" x 15, $2400. thedavaialancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 28″ x 64″ x 15, $2400.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form with a beautiful age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 12" x 34" x 9", $750. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form with a beautiful age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 12″ x 34″ x 9″, $750.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong with zoomorphic head, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wood, pigment on head, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 9" x 31" x 7", $450.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Hanging Slit Gong or Drum with Carved Zoomorphic Head

Early 20th c, wood, pigment on head, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 9″ x 31″ x 7″, $450. (see image below for detail of head)

detail of head carving, Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong with zoomorphic head, Indonesia, wood, pigment on head, 9" x 31" x 7", thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
detail of head carving, Slit Gong or Drum
Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, in animal form, Java, Indonesia, jackfruit wood, paint, brown paint over an older bright blue. with an age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 13 1/2" x 37" x 9", $475. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Jackfruit wood, paint, brown paint over an older bright blue. with an age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 13 1/2″ x 37″ x 9″, $475.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Indonesia, wood, zoomorphic - horse/snake like animal with a beautiful age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 13 1/2" x 43" x 13". $1250., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, horse/snake animal with a beautiful age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 13 1/2″ x 43″ x 13″. $1250.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 9 1/2'" x 30" x 6", $370. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 9 1/2′” x 30″ x 6″, $370.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, in animal form, Java, Indonesia, wood, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. thedavaialancollection.com , solana beach, ca 8 1/4" x 29" x 96", $390. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 8 1/4″ x 29″ x 96″, $390.

Zoomorphic Slit Gong or Drum, Java, Indonesia, Early to mid c, wood, paint, played with a wooden striker. This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal; 10 3/4" x 26 1/4" x 8"; $390.; davidalancollection.com ; solana beach, ca
Javanese Zoomorphic Slit Gong

Zoomorphic Slit Gong or Drum, Java, Indonesia, Early to mid c, wood, paint, played with a wooden striker. This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal; 10 3/4″ x 26 1/2″ x 8″; $390. (see below image for detail of head)

head detail of Javanese Zoomorphic Slit Gong
Tribal Musical Instrument, Ironwood Slot Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Ironwood, red paint, 13" x 58" x 12", $1050., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Ironwood, red paint,
In Kodi, as in the rest of Sumba, the most powerful, sacred music is played on gongs. Played in interlocking rhythms with one or two gongs to a player, the music is closely tied to Marapu ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. 13″ x 58″ x 12″, $1050.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, teak wood, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 6" x 20 1/2" x 5", $145.; thedavicalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanesse Hanging Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Jackfruit wood, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 6″ x 20 1/2″ x 5″, $145.

STRING INSTRUMENTS

Sungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal Musical Instrument, 4 string guitar-like with pegs and strings, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, early 20th c, hardwood, pigment, anthropomorphic figure, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 4" (with stand - 25 1/2" x 5" x 4 1/2"), $460.; thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument with anthropomorphic figure

Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c, hardwood, pigment, anthropomorphic figure, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 4″ (with stand – 25 1/2″ x 5″ x 4 1/2″), $460.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Indonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka, 28 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $360., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with Female Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Early 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description)  28 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $360.

Dunga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Indonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 20 1/2" x 3 3/4" x 2 1/4", (22 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 4 3/4", $375., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 20 1/2″” x 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, (22 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, $375.

Sungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Insonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 19 1/2"" x 4" x 2 3/4", (21 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 4 1/4", $380., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs), Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, (see first Dungga post for full description) 19 1/2″” x 4″ x 2 3/4″, (21 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ , $380.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Musical Instrument, 4 string ukulele-like, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, Monkey-like figure, 14 1/2" x 6 1/2" 2 3/4" (with stand - 16 1/2" x 5 3/4" x 3"), $320., thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs), Primate Figure

Indonesia, Mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 14 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ 2 3/4″ (with stand – 16 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ x 3″), $320.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal Musical Instrument, 4 string guitar-like, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, 2 anthropomorphic figures, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2" x 5 1/4" 2 3/4" (with stand - 26 1/4" x 6" x 4"), $450.; thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with 2 Anthropomorphic figures

Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, (see 1st Dungga post for full description); 23 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ 2 3/4″ (with stand – 26 1/4″ x 6″ x 4″), $450.

Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Guitar, Sumba, Insonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, 4 strings (missing), 25" x 5 1/4" x 4", thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with an anthropomorphic figure

Insonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 25″ x 5 1/4″ x 4″, $380. 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Gambus – A traditional Indonesian tribal instrument.

 Gambus – Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings.
38″ x 8″ x 7″, $425. 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Back detail of Gambus

 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Top detail of Gambus

CHINESE ERHU or VIOLIN

2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" $400., thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu – 2 String Violin (strings and bow missing)

China, Wood, snakeskin, pigment, The Erhu is one of the most important Chinese instruments with a 4000 year history. It is played vertically and is incredibly expressive. It you have a sound associated with China, it is the Erhu. 29 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″,  $400.

detail of resonating box - 2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2", $400.; thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu Violin – detail of resonating box 
detail of top with tuning pegs - 2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". $400.; thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu Violin – detail of top with tuning pegs

BELLS

Musical Instrument, Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $875. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Ganesha Temple Clapper Bell

Nepal, antique, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $875. (see detail images of back and clapper below)

Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $875., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
back detail of Ganesha Temple Bell
Musical Instrument, Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $75. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail of Ganesha Bell
Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
 Temple Bell and Dorje with Face

Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $1300. (see detail of back and clapper in images below)

Detail back view - Musical Instrument, temple bell , Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
detail back view of previous image – Temple Bell with face
detail clapper view - Musical Instrument, temple bell , Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail – Temple Bell with face
Musical Instrument Temple Clapper Bell with Face, Nepal, 100 years old, Bronze, 8 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1100., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Nepalese Temple Clapper Bell with Face

Late 19th to Early 20th c, Bronze, 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $1100. (see image below for clapper detail) 

Musical Instrument Temple Clapper Bell with Face, Nepal, 100 years old, Bronze, 8 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1100., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail – Temple Clapper Bell
Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $900. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Buddhist Temple Clapper Bell and Dorje with Face

Nepal, Late 19th to Early 20th c, bronze – The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $900. (see image below for clapper detail)

detail of Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $900. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Clapper detail of Nepalese Buddhist Temple Bell and Dorje
Bell Gong, Antique Japanese, is played with an unattached striker. Cloth handle strap and tassel, Bronze, 9 1/2" x 6", $1200.
Hanging Clapper-less Bell or Bell Gong

Antique Japanese Bell is played with an unattached striker. Cloth handle strap and tassel, Bronze, 9 1/2″ x 6″, $1200. 

Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Hanging Bell with Clappers

Indonesia, Early 20th c, Teak wood, Rope, carved from single block of wood; 15″ x 42″ x 15″, $1200. (see next two images  below for clapper detail)

Detail - Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Japan, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail of Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Teak Bell with Clappers
Detail, Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Indonesia, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
underside detail of Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Teak Bell with Clappers
Musical Instrument, hand carved, single piece, teak bell, Indonesia, Early 20th c, vintage, clapper missing, 22" x 33" x 12", $425., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Hanging Bell Hand Carved out of Single Piece of Teak

Early 20th c, clapper missing, 22″ x 33″ x 12″, $425. 

Ancient Chinese 'Bo' or Suspension Bells are 80 year old metal alloy reproductions of ones that are thousands of years old. Around 2000 BC, Chinese musicians worked with foundry technicians to cast matched sets of bronze bells of different data-lazy-sizes to produce a range of tones. They developed oval-shaped bells that, depending on where they were struck, produced two distinct pitches with an intentional interval between them. A graduated set of 'Bo' are hung from a beam frame and played with a hammer striker. Dimensions: (from large to small) 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 7" - $650.; 12" x 8" x 6 1/2" - $650.; 9" x 5 1/2' x 3" - $190.; 8 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" - $140.; 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" x 3" - $100.; 6 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 2 3/4" - $90.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Ancient Chinese ‘Bo’ or Suspension Bells (80 year old metal alloy reproductions)

Early 20th c, Vintage reproductions of Bells that are thousands of years old.
Around 2000 BC, Chinese musicians worked with foundry technicians to cast matched sets of bronze bells of different sizes to produce a range of tones. They developed oval-shaped bells that, depending on where they were struck, produced two distinct pitches with an intentional interval between them.
Graduated sets of ‘Bo’ are hung from beam frames and played with a hammer striker.
Dimensions: (from large to small) 12 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ x 7″ – $650.; 12″ x 8″ x 6 1/2″ – $650.; 9″ x 5 1/2′ x 3″ – $190.; 8 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ – $140.; 6 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ x 3″ – $100.; 6 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ – $90. 

Musical Instrument, Small Japanese Bell Gong on Bronze Wreath Motif Mount - Reproduction, Japan, contemporary, cast bronze, plastic base plate, works with an external striker, 6 1/2" x 4" (10 3/4" x 7" w/stand), $80., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese ‘Bonsho’ Bronze Clapperless Bell Gong (contemporary reproduction)

Cast Bronze Bell and Wreath Motif Mount, plastic base plate, Struck with an outside striker, 6 1/2″ x 4″ (10 3/4″ x 7″ w/stand), $80. SOLD

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp with pull stick, Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/2" x 5/8" x 1/8", pull stick - 6 3/4" x 3/8, $65., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp or ‘Gengong’, with pull stick

Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a ‘mind cleaner’ – because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/2″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, pull stick – 6 3/4″ x 3/8, $65.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp (missing pull stick), Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/4" x 1/2" x 1/8", $60, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp, or ‘Gengong’ (missing pull stick)

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, (for full description see 1st Mouth Harp post), 7 1/4″ x 1/2″ x 1/8″, $60.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp (missing pull stick), Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 8 1/4" x 5/8" x 1/8", $60., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp, ‘Gengong’ (missing pull stick)

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, (for full description see 1st Mouth Harp post) 8 1/4″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, $60, 

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp with pull stick, Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/8", pull stick - 4 3/4" x 1/4, sold, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp or ‘Gengong’, with pull stick

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, 7 3/4″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, pull stick – 4 3/4″ x 1/4, $65., Sold

XYLOPHONES

Xylophone or Gambang, Java, Indonesia, early to med 20th c, Wood, hand carved and painted with 14 metal keys resting on pads made from pieces of a rubber flip flop sandals (footwear), played with 2 padded mallets, and oriented with the larger keys to the left of the player. 13 1/2" x 40 1/2" x 6"; $630. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Gambang or xylophone, and mallets

Xylophone or ‘Gambang’, Java, Indonesia, early to med 20th c, Wood, hand carved and painted with 14 metal keys resting on pads made from pieces of a rubber flip flop sandal (footwear), played with 2 padded mallets, and oriented with the larger keys to the left of the player.  The xylophone is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble called a ‘Gamelan’; 13 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ x 6″; $630. 

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 18 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets with the larger keys on the player's left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly carved with a simple motif around a circular hole. 23 1/4" x 52 1/2" x 18 3/4"; $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Javanese Gambang Kayu or Wooden Xylophone

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 18 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets with the larger keys on the player’s left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly carved with a simple motif around a circular hole. The xylophone is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble called a ‘Gamelan’; 23 1/4″ x 52 1/2″ x 18 3/4″; $750.

Traditional Xylophone or Pattala, Burma/Myanmar, Early 20th c, 24 bamboo keys or slats, strung and suspended by a string over the decorated wooden resonating box, played with 2 padded mallets and the longer keys to the players left. It is a key instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble. Its first use dates back to around 150 C.E.; (There are 2 almost identical in our collection) 30" x 54" x 19 1/2" and 29 1/2" x 54" x 19 1/2", $ 2100. each; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser top_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser top – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Patalla
detail of side panel_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of side panel – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala

Traditional Xylophone or Pattala, Burma/Myanmar, Early 20th c, 24 bamboo keys or slats, strung and suspended by a string over the decorated wooden resonating box, played with 2 padded mallets. The longer keys oriented to the players left. It is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble. Its first use dates back to around 150 C.E.; (There are 2 almost identical in our collection) 30″ x 54″ x 19 1/2″ and 29 1/2″ x 54″ x 19 1/2″, $ 2100. each

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 20 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets and the larger keys on the player's left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly detailed with a star motif and 3 small circular holes and a monogram on the side panel; it is usually played as part of an ensemble called a Gamelan; 16 1/4" x 49 1/4" x 19"; $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Javanese Wooden Xylophone or Gambang Kayu

Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 20 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets, the larger keys oriented on the player’s left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly detailed with a star motif, 3 small circular holes and a monogram on the side panel; it is an essential part of an ensemble called a Gamelan; 16 1/4″ x 49 1/4″ x 19″; $750.

MORE INSTRUMENTS and NOISE MAKERS – FROM THE SHAMAN COLLECTION:

Dhyango with Phurba Handle Sacred Ritual Drum, Nepal Early 19th
Dhyango or Sacred Drum with Phurba Handle

Shaman Ritual Instrument Drum, Nepal, Early 20th c, hide/skin, wood. Played by Jhakri (shaman) with a curved stick, to enter and maintain the shaman’s trance for the journey into the spirit world. A deity will often reside in the drum during the ritual. 26″ x 14″ x 6′, $900.

Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric This power drum, associated with Shiva, is used for tantric rituals and is played with a twisting motion so the two beaters - attached by cords, hit the drum heads simultaneously. It produces a spiritual sound by which the universe was created and is regulated. The Chopin is typically embroidered with the colors of tantric elements and waves as the drum is played. large - 32" x 11" x 4 ", $700.; small with case
Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric

Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric
This power drum, associated with Shiva, is used for tantric rituals. A cord is tied around the middle where knotted ends make the sound when it is played with a twisting motion so the two beaters hit the drum heads simultaneously. It produces a spiritual sound by which the universe was created and is regulated. The Chopin is typically embroidered with the colors of tantric elements and waves as the drum is played. (large) 32” x 11 ¼” x 4 ½”; $700.; (small) 2” x 5 ¼” x 3” [case 6” x 5” x 3”] $500.

Sacred Ritual Drum, Nepal, Mid to late 19th c., Skin stretched over wood, iron, shaman bells and amulets, To facilitate entering and maintaining a trance state necessary for the shaman to perform rituals 17 ½” x 8” x 8” (plus 7” bell chains), $1400.
Sacred Ritual Drum with Bells

Nepal, Mid to late 19th c., Skin stretched over wood, iron, shaman bells and amulets. To facilitate entering and maintaining a trance state necessary for the shaman to perform rituals 17 ½” x 8” x 8” (plus 7” bell chains), $1400.

Shaman Ritual Apron Belt, Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), THis large belt is an essential part of all Nepalese shaman costumes. The belt/apron is heavy and loud with all its many parts: hide leather, iron chain and hand crafted crotal, and cylindrical bells and bangles and the brass conical bells. The cowrie shells, goat horn and wild boar tusk all are symbolic and spiritual tools. Used in rituals to protect shaman, villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps). 58” x 32” x 3”, $3200
Ritual Apron Belt, Early 20th c, Leather, Iron, Brass, Horn, Tusk, Shell (back view)

Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old),
This large belt is an essential part of all Nepalese shaman costumes. The belt/apron is heavy and loud with all its many parts: leather, iron chain and hand crafted crotal, and cylindrical bells and bangles and the brass conical bells. The cowrie shells, goat horn and wild boar tusk all are symbolic and spiritual tools. Used in rituals to protect shaman, villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over-the-shoulder cross straps). 58” x 32” x 3”, $3200.

Shaman Ritual Apron Belt, Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), An essential part of Nepalese shaman costumes, this heavy apron belt is made of hide leather, iron chains, and hand crafted cylindrical bells and bangles, brass conical and crotal bells. The yak tail, and other amulets which are attached, are powerful spiritual tools. They are worn during rituals and ceremonies to protect shaman and villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps), 44” x 33” x 3”, $3200.
Ritual Apron Belt, Early 20th c, Leather, Iron, Brass, Yak hair (back view)

Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), An essential part of Nepalese shaman costumes, this heavy apron belt is made of hide leather, iron chains, and hand crafted cylindrical bells and bangles, brass conical and crotal bells. The yak tail, and other amulets which are attached, are powerful spiritual tools. They are worn during rituals and ceremonies to protect shaman and villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps), 44” x 33” x 3”, $3200.

Ritual Sword, Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins, darkened patina from use and age An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Used to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword - top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, (left - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (middle - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)
Ritual Swords, with Rattles

Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins, darkened patina from use and age. An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Shaken/rattled to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword – top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, $295. each, (left – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (middle – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)

Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron, patinated with use and age, Used in rituals to subdue evil forces. (small - 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large - 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)
Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron

Patinated with use and age. Used in rituals to subdue evil forces – shaken or rattled to scare away harmful spirits. (small – 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large – 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)

Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red (sometimes blue) streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. This coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. Dimensions (left - 15” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”); (right - 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”) $350. each
Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth

These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red (sometimes blue) streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. This coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. (left sold), Dimensions (right – 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”;  $350.)

 

Shamanic Talismans, Amulets, Healing and Ritual Power Objects – Tribal Indonesia continued!

Since our epic Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes exhibition last fall, we have additional objects to include – healing and power objects and ritual protector figures, that didn’t make it into the show. If you follow our Gallery Blog, no doubt you will see even more of these ancient southeast Asian shaman ritual objects in the future. The pieces below are from tribal Indonesia and are included together in this one post instead of divided by specific island or tribe as in the previous shaman show posts.

Female Magic Figure, Shaman uses this for prayer and to gather healing power to treat people. Kodi village, West Sumba, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c., stone, 14 1/2" x 7" x 6 1/2" without base (16 1/2" with base),
Female Magic Figure

Kodi village, West Sumba, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c., stone, Shaman uses this for prayer and to gather healing power to treat people. 14 1/2″ x 7″ x 6 1/2″ without base (16 1/2″ with base), $850.

Shaman healing object, from near Kodi village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, mid 20th c., jack fruit wood, 11 1/2" x 6" x 5",
Shaman Healing Figure

(near) Kodi village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, mid 20th c., jack fruit wood, 11 1/2″ x 6″ x 5″, $400.

Shaman's ritual dance rattle, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, bone, ceramic beads, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, ~ 13" x 5"
Shaman’s Ritual Dance Rattle

Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, bone, ceramic beads, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, ~ 13″ x 5″, $550.

Shaman's ritual dance rattle, Indonesia, Borneo, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, metal nail, ceramic beads, glass bead, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, 12" x 7"
Shaman’s Ritual Dance Rattle

Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, early 20th c., Monkey skull, sea shells, metal nail, ceramic beads, glass bead, Shaken to scare away evil or harmful spirits, 12″ x 7″, $550.

Shaman Male and Female Figures (pair) Timor Island, Indonesia, used to protect the home and for healing. Early to mid 20th c., stone, cloth, pigment, (male - 7 1/4" x 5 1/4") (female - 7 3/4"x 5"),
Shaman Male and Female (pair) protection and healing figures

Timor Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., stone, cloth, pigment, used to protect the home and for healing, (male – 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) (female – 7 3/4″x 5″), $975. for the pair

Shaman figures used in rituals to make rain, Indonesia, Timor Island, early to mid 20th c., stone, ~ 7" x 5"
Shaman Magic Figures

Timor Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., stone, Used in rituals to make rain. ~ (left – 6 1/2″ x  5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″), (right – 7″ x 5″ x 4 1/2″, $340. each

Pig Hunting Effigy, a shaman's magic talisman to bring a successful hunt. Lamboya village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, early to mid 20th c. Sentiki wood root, 8 1/2' x 6" x 21 1/2",
Pig Hunting Effigy

Lamboya village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c., Sentiki root wood, Shaman empowers the effigy to bring a successful hunt.  (male – 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″), (female – 7 3/4″ x 5″), $380.

Shaman's wooden mortar and anthropomorphic pestle for healing herbs (2 piece set), Besikama village, Timor, Indonesia, mid 20th c., pestle - 12 1/2" x 2 1/2"; mortar - 7 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 4" (set)
Shaman’s mortar and anthropomorphic pestle (set)

Besikama village, Timor, Indonesia, mid 20th c. wood, for healing herbs and substances, pestle – 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″; mortar – 7 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 4″, $650. for the set

Shaman's 3-Faced Figure Holy Water Jar Stopper, Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, late 19th to early 20th c., ceramic, 14" x 9",
Shaman’s 3-Faced Figure Holy Water Jar Stopper

Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, late 19th to early 20th c., ceramic, 14″ x 9″, $1200.

Shaman figure - Rare, for healing and divination rituals. Dhoki village, Flores Island, Indonesia, stone, late 19th to early 20th c., This effigy was passed down from father to son. Once a year, it is fed blood to empower it. 14" x 9 1/2" 6 1/2" w/o base (17" with base),
Shaman Figure – Rare

Dhoki village, Flores Island, Indonesia, stone, late 19th to early 20th c., For healing and divination rituals. This effigy was passed down from father to son. Once a year, it is fed blood to empower it. 14″ x 9 1/2″ 6 1/2″ w/o base (17″ with base), $1600.

Shaman's Medicine Jar/Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel. Sumba Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, 23" x 7"
Shaman’s Medicine Jar (see next image for top detail)

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel.  23″ x 7″, $390.

Detail of Shaman's Medicine Jar/Container for healing herbs and substances, with carved seated figure holding a ceramic or wooden vessel. Sumba Indonesia, early 20th c., bamboo, wood, twine, pigment, 23" x 7"
Detail (from previous image) of Shaman’s Medicine Jar
Shaman's medicine jar, for healing herbs and substances. Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c. bamboo, wood, twine, 12" x 4 1/2", $
Shaman’s Medicine Jar

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c. bamboo, wood, twine, for healing herbs and substances, 12″ x 4 1/2″, $280.

Shaman Figure, Anakalang village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, used for healing and protection and to predict auspicious dates for rituals, and possibly to find lost items. Early 20th c., stone, pigment, 15 1/4" x 8",
Shaman Figure 

Anakalang village, West Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., stone, pigment, used for healing and protection and to predict auspicious dates for rituals, and possibly to find lost items. 15 1/4″ x 8″, $1800.

Shaman's Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 2"
Shaman’s Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird (see next image for detail)

Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 2″, $160.

Detail of Shaman's Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early 20th c., wood, 9 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 2"
(detail of previous image) Shaman’s Power Object/Healing Wand, Cat, Horse, Dog, Bird
Shaman
Shaman Ritual Healing Object

Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, wood, 13 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 8″, $220.

Shaman 3-Legged Animal/Spirit Creature Healing Talisman, Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., wood, 7 1/2" x 11" x 4 3/4",
Shaman Ritual 3-Legged Animal/Spirit/Creature Healing Talisman

Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c., wood, 7 1/2″ x 11″ x 4 3/4″, $140.

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism on Lombok Island and Bali

Less famous than Bali, Lombok the neighbor island directly to the east and is part of the Lesser Sundas. The indigenous Sasak people are predominantly Muslim after experiencing a long period of Hindu and Buddhist influence. However, as in most of the tribal cultures of Indonesia, ancient traditional ritualistic practices endure and shaman are still highly respected. They are regularly sought out as powerful healers and practitioners of magic to ward off evil and illness as well as to manage many other individual and community issues.

Shaman Healing Fetish Wand Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins. This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400.
Shaman Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins

This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400. (see detail of feet in image below)

Shaman Healing Fetish Wand Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins. This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400.
detail of previous image – feet under the skirt
Magic Ghost Figures, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, smooth patina from use and age. 8 ½” x 5 ¾” x 5 ½”, $790 (sold as pair)
Magic Ghost Figures, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood. 8 ½” x 5 ¾” x 5 ½”, $790 (sold as pair)
Shaman Talisman Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c. Wood, horn, cotton cord, patinated with use and age Held in shaman’s hand, used in healing rituals, hung on the wall in shaman’s house when not in use. 10 ½” x 12” x 11” $580. sold
Shaman Talisman Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c. Wood, horn, cotton cord

Held in shaman’s hand, used in healing rituals, hung on the wall in shaman’s house when not in use. 10 ½” x 12” x 11”, SOLD

Shaman Sacred Water and Herb Scoop, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo, patinated with use and age. Used for scooping holy water and medicinal herbs for healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left - 9 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”, $160.); (rear middle - 9 ¼” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”, $160.); (front middle - 6 ¼” 7 ¾” x 2 ½”, $120.); (rear right - 12 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 3 ½”, $280.); (right front - 11 ½” x 10” x 3 ½”, $160.)
Shaman Sacred Water and Herb Scoop, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo

Used for scooping holy water and medicinal herbs for healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left – 9 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”, $160.); (rear middle – 9 ¼” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”, $160.); (front middle – 6 ¼” 7 ¾” x 2 ½”, $120.); (rear right – 12 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 3 ½”, $280.); (right front – 11 ½” x 10” x 3 ½”, $160.)

Shaman Protection Figure, Indonesia, Lombok Island, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, coins, beads. Protects shaman and client from harmful spirits during rituals, 20” x 7 ½” x 3 ½”, $1100.
Shaman Protection Figure, Indonesia, Lombok Island, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, coins, beads

Protects shaman and client from harmful spirits during rituals, 20” x 7 ½” x 3 ½”, $1100. SOLD

Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber, patinated from use and age. Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits, 15 ½” x 3 ½” 4”, $420.
Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber

Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits, 15 ½” x 3 ½” 4”, $420.

Holy Water Containers, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, ceramic, fiber, pigment. Shaman jar for holy water for purification rituals. Dimensions: (left - 6” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, Sold); (right - 6 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, sold)
Holy Water Containers, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, ceramic, fiber, pigment

Shaman jar for holy water for purification rituals. Dimensions: (left – 6” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, SOLD); (right – 6 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattles, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, metal blade, cloth fiber, patinated with age and use. Used for healing rituals - Shaken to fend off harmful spirits. Dimensions: (left - 12” x 5 ½” x 4”, sold); (right - 14” x 7” x 6”, Sold)
Shaman Healing Fetish Rattles, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, metal blade, cloth fiber

Used for healing rituals – Shaken to fend off harmful spirits. Dimensions: (left – 12” x 5 ½” x 4”, SOLD); (right – 14” x 7” x 6”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Mid 20th c. Wood, shells, patinated with age and use Used for healing rituals 14” x 7” x 6”, Sold
expanded view of shell fetish rattles shown in previous image
Shaman Fetish Hanging Charm, Lombok or Nusa Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, glass, nails, metal, plant fiber, cotton cord. Used for healing rituals, 12” x 14” x 9 ½”, Sold
Shaman Fetish Hanging Charm, Lombok or Nusa Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, glass, nails, metal, plant fiber, cotton cord

Used for healing rituals, 12” x 14” x 9 ½”

Shaman Magic Figure, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, paint. Used for calling spirits and for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 4”, $360.
Shaman Magic Figure, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, paint

Used for calling spirits and for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 4”, $360.

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, bone, cloth, seed pod and shells, patinated with age and use. Used in healing rituals. 12” x 12” x 12”, $1300.
Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, bone, cloth, seed pod and shells

Used in healing rituals. 12” x 12” x 12”, $1300.

'Palalintangnan' - Kamasan Astrological Calendar, Bali, Indonesia Kamasan village, Early 20th c, Cotton cloth, printed and painted Represents gods, goddesses, attendants, animals, and inscriptions which are used for fortune telling. 45” x 51”, $750.
‘Palalintangnan’ – Kamasan Astrological Calendar Bali, Indonesia, Kamasan village, Early 20th c, Cotton cloth, printed and painted

Represents gods, goddesses, attendants, animals, and inscriptions which are used for fortune telling. 45” x 51”, $750.

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in Sulawesi and Papua New Guinea

SULAWESI, Greater Sunda Islands (first 2 images):

'Lupong Manang' - Shaman’s Medicine Carrier/Backpack with Healing Figures (rare), South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Toraja tribe, Mid 20th c, Wood, The Shaman made his own medicine kit to contain items for healing, protections and predictions – such as special teeth, stones and other items. The figures on the exterior correspond to illnesses and other conditions or ailments. 19” x 9 ½” x 10”, $2200.
‘Lupong Manang’ – Shaman’s Medicine Carrier/Backpack with Healing Figures (rare), South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Toraja tribe, Mid 20th c, Wood

Shaman made their own medicine kits, including wooden backpacks, to contain items for healing, protections and predictions – such as special teeth, stones and other items. The figures on the exterior correspond to illnesses and other conditions or ailments. 19” x 9 ½” x 10”, $2200.

Shaman’s Medicine Box, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Toraja tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Container for medicinal, herbs for healing. 14 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 8”, $290.
Shaman’s Medicine Box, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Toraja tribe, Early 20th c, Wood

Container for medicinal, herbs for healing. 14 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 8”, $290.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA:

Sacred Flute with Wusear Effigy Stopper, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Biwat people, Early 20th c, Flute body - Bamboo, raffia. Effigy Figure - Carved in wood, this figure is particularly elaborate - shell eyes, feather eyelashes, woven clothing and shell and feather adornments with tar and string. Played in pairs for the initiation ceremony for boys. The flute had the power to be voices of the spirits. The anthropomorphic figures or Wusear are specific to these flutes and were inserted into the top when not in use to prevent evil spirits from entering the sacred instruments. They were kept in the homes of the shaman and it was taboo for women and children to see them. 55” x 9 ½” x 8”, $9500.
Sacred Flute with Wusear Effigy Stopper, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Biwat people, Early 20th c, Flute body – Bamboo, raffia. Effigy Figure – Carved in wood, this figure is particularly elaborate – shell eyes, feather eyelashes, woven clothing and shell and feather adornments with tar and string

Played in pairs for the initiation ceremony for boys. The flute had the power to be voices of the spirits. The anthropomorphic figures or Wusear are specific to these flutes and were inserted into the top when not in use to prevent evil spirits from entering the sacred instruments. They were kept in the homes of the shaman and it was taboo for women and children to see them.  55” x 9 ½” x 8”, $9500. SOLD

Shaman Shell Necklace, Papua New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia, Mid 20th c. Shell, cloth, fiber cord. Worn by the shaman for healing ceremonies. 19” x 15” x 3 ½” $850.
Shaman Shell Necklace, Papua New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Shell, cloth, fiber cord

Worn by the shaman for healing ceremonies. 19” x 15” x 3 ½” $850.

Shaman Magic Figure, Papúa New Guinea, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber. Used in ritual ceremonies to stop rain. 11 ½” x 1 ½” x 1 ¼”, $135.
Shaman Magic Figure, Papúa New Guinea, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood

Used in ritual ceremonies to stop rain. 11 ½” x 1 ½” x 1 ¼”, $135.

Shaman Talisman Figure, Papúa New Guinea, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood. Used in ritual ceremonies to stop rain. (Figure on right - 12 ½” x 2” x 2 ½”, Sold)
Shaman Talisman Figure, Papúa New Guinea, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood (figure on right)

Used in ritual ceremonies to stop rain. (Figure on right – 12 ½” x 2” x 2 ½”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Stones Necklace, Papua, New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Stone, Shells, cloth fiber cord. Used in healing ceremonies. 18” x 5” x 1”, $550.
Shaman Healing Stones Necklace, Papua, New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Stone, Shells, cloth fiber cord

Used in healing ceremonies. 18” x 5” x 1”, $550.

Shaman Healing Stone Necklaces, Papua, New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Stone, Shells, cloth fiber cord. Used in healing ceremonies. Dimensions: 16" to 20" long, $110. each
Shaman Healing Stone Necklaces, Papua, New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Stone, Shells, cloth fiber cord

Used in healing ceremonies. Dimensions: 16″ to 20″ long, $110. each 

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in the Lesser Sundas – Timor Islands

Timor, like Flores is more mountainous than the rolling hills of Sumba, but the shamanic culture is much the same. Both islands are now predominantly christian, although, like most of the cultures throughout the Lesser Sunda Islands, they have integrated the newer belief systems with their ancient roots in Animism. (for several neighboring Lesser Sunda Islands see the following post)

'Katoda' - God Effigy, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Stone. Shaman would pray to a Katoda to predict natural disasters. 19” x 5 ½” x 6 ½”, $1600.
‘Katoda’ – God Effigy, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Stone

Shaman would pray to a Katoda to predict natural disasters. 19” x 5 ½” x 6 ½”, $1600.

Shaman’s Ritual Figure, Timor Island, Sunda Island, Indonesia, Niki Niki village Early 20th c, Wood, fiber cord, shell. Used by shaman to treat people as well as for other traditional rituals. 21” x 7 ½” x 6 ½”, $1400.
Shaman’s Ritual Figure, Timor Island, Sunda Island, Indonesia, Niki Niki village
Early 20th c, Wood, fiber cord, shell

Used by shaman to treat people as well as for other traditional rituals. 21” x 7 ½” x 6 ½”, $1400. SOLD

Divining Amulet/Fetishes Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Stone, pigment, European Glass seed beads. The inlaid ‘white heart’ beads were particularly desirable. Used in healing ceremonies to ‘See’ - or locate, lost items and to determine the appropriate day and time for performing each ceremony. 6” x 2 ½” x 5”, $550.
‘Seer’ or Divining Talisman/Fetish, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia,
Late 19th c, Stone, pigment, European Glass seed beads

The inlaid ‘white heart’ beads were particularly desirable. Used in healing ceremonies to ‘See’ – or locate, lost items and to determine the appropriate day and time for performing each ceremony. 6” x 2 ½” x 5”, $550. (see companion ‘seer’ in image below)

Divining Amulet/Fetish, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Stone, pigment, European Glass seed beads. The inlaid ‘white heart’ beads were particularly desirable Used in healing ceremonies to ‘See’ - or locate items, and to determine the appropriate day and time for performing each ceremony. 5 ¼” x 1 ¾” x 2 ¼”, $400.
Divining Amulet/Fetish, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia,
Late 19th c, Stone, pigment, European Glass seed beads, 5 ¼” x 1 ¾” x 2 ¼”, $400.
Ancestral Offering Statue, Indonesia, Timor Island, Boti village, Mid 20th century Wood. This totem-like carving of many ancestor effigies is used by shamans in contacting spirits and healing rituals. 11 ½” x 4” x 3 ½”, sold
Ancestral Offering Statue, Indonesia, Timor Island, Boti village, Mid 20th century,
Wood

This totem-like carving of many ancestor effigies is used by shamans in contacting spirits and healing rituals. 11 ½” x 4” x 3 ½”, SOLD

Ancestral Offering Figures, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang tribe, Early to mid 20th c, Wood. Used by shaman for healing rituals. (left, male fig - 8 ½” x 5” x 3 ½”); (right female fig -9” x 4 ¾” x 4”), $875. (sold as pair)
Ancestral Offering Figures, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang tribe, Early to mid 20th c, Wood

 Used by shaman for healing rituals. (left, male fig – 8 ½” x 5” x 3 ½”); (right female fig -9” x 4 ¾” x 4”), $875. (sold as pair)

Magic (Female) Effigy, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Niki Niki village, Early 20th c, Wood. Used for healing treatments. 10 ¾” x 8 ½” x 10”, $285.
Magic (Female) Effigy, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Niki Niki village, Early 20th c, Wood

Used for healing treatments. 10 ¾” x 8 ½” x 10”, $285.

Healing Figures, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 19th c. Stone, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals. (left - late 19th c, 3 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3 ¼”, sold); (right - mid 19th c, 3 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3 ¼”, sold)
Healing Figures, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 19th c. Stone

Used in healing rituals. (left – late 19th c, 3 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3 ¼”, SOLD); (right – mid 19th c, 3 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 3 ¼”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Amulet/Talismans, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals, (left - 3 ½” x 1 ½” x 4”, $80.); (right - 3 ¾” x 1 ¾” x 3 ½”, $100.)
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talismans, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood

Used in healing rituals, (left – 3 ½” x 1 ½” x 4”, $80.); (right – 3 ¾” x 1 ¾” x 3 ½”, $100.)

Shaman Healing Amulet/Talismans, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals, (left - 4 ¼” x 1” x 3 ½”, $65.); (right - 3 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 4”, $80.)
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talismans, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood

Used in healing rituals, (left – 4 ¼” x 1” x 3 ½”, $65.); (right – 3 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 4”, $80.)

Shaman Healing Amulets, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left - 3 1 /2” x 1 ¼” x 1 ½”, $70.); (left middle -2 ¾” x 1” x 1", sold); (right middle - ~3 x 2); (right - 2 ½” x 1” x 1", sold)
Shaman Healing Amulets, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood

Used in healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left – 3 1 /2” x 1 ¼” x 1 ½”, $70.); (left middle -2 ¾” x 1” x 1″, SOLD); (right middle – ~3 x 2); (right – 2 ½” x 1” x 1″, SOLD)

Shaman Medicine Mortar (rare), Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood. Preparing medicines using a pestle to grind, 10 ¾” x 4” x 4 ½”, $425.
Shaman Medicine Mortar (rare), Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood

Preparing medicines using a pestle to grind, 10 ¾” x 4” x 4 ½”, $425.

Shaman Healing Medicine Container Necklace, Alor Island, Timor Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, beads, shell (Telescopium telescopium, or Horn snail spire). Used to hold medicine for healing rituals, 4 ½” x 1 ½” x 1 ¼”, $390.
Shaman Healing Medicine Container Necklace, Alor Island, Timor Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, beads, shell (Telescopium telescopium, or Horn snail spire)

Used to hold medicine for healing rituals, 4 ½” x 1 ½” x 1 ¼”, $390.

Medicine Woman Effigy with Child (rare), Alor Island, Flores Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood. Used for healing, and for black and white magic (the figure itself does not have any dark energy), 10 ½” x 3 ½” x 2 ½”, sold
Medicine Woman Effigy with Child (rare), Alor Island, Flores Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood

Used for healing rituals, 10 ½” x 3 ½” x 2 ½”, SOLD

Shaman Figure (rare), Atauro Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Early 20th c. Wood, cloth. Used to protect people from harmful spirits during rituals. Faded and patinated with use and age, original red color of cloth still visible. Dimensions: (left - 22 ½” 5 ½’ x 7 ½”, $1200.); (right - 25 ¼’ x 4 ¼” x 6 ½”, $1200.)
Shaman Figure (rare), Atauro Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c.
Wood, cloth

Used to protect people from harmful spirits during rituals. Faded and patinated with use and age, original red color of cloth still visible. Dimensions: (left – 22 ½” 5 ½’ x 7 ½”, $1200.); (right – 25 ¼’ x 4 ¼” x 6 ½”, $1200.)

Shaman Amulet Necklace, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Ceramic stone figures and beads, shell, cotton. Worn by the shaman for healing ceremonies. 21” x 11” x 1 ¾” $650.
Shaman Amulet Necklace, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Ceramic stone figures and beads, shell, cotton

Worn by the shaman for healing ceremonies. 21” x 11” x 1 ¾”, $650.

Shaman Amulet Necklace, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Ceramic stone figures and beads, shell, cotton. Worn by the shaman for healing ceremonies. 20 ½” x 11” x 1 ¾”, $650.
Shaman Amulet Necklace, Timor Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Ceramic stone figures and beads, shell, cotton

Worn by the shaman for healing ceremonies. 20 ½” x 11” x 1 ¾”, $650.

Shaman Healing Fetish, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber, metal nail. Kept in the shaman’s home. Covered in tiny holes from being pierced by its attached nail during rituals. Found in the ocean. 30” x 12” x 8”, sold
Shaman Healing Fetish, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber, metal nail

Kept in the shaman’s home. Covered in tiny holes from being pierced by its attached nail during rituals. Found in the ocean. 30” x 12” x 8”, SOLD

Shaman Talisman Figure, Wetar Island, Timor Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, pigment, glass bead eyes. Used for healing treatment. 12 ½” x 4” x 4”, $430.
Shaman Talisman Figure, Wetar Island, Timor Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, pigment, glass bead eyes

Used for healing rituals. 12 ½” x 4” x 4”, $430. SOLD

Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman, Moluccas Islands, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia, Letti Village, Early 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals. $80.
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman, Moluccas Islands, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia, Letti Village, Early 20th c, Wood

Used in healing rituals. $80.

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in the Lesser Sundas – Flores Islands

Flores, and Timor, are more mountainous than the rolling hills of Sumba, but the shamanic culture is much the same. Both islands are now predominantly christian, although, like most of the cultures throughout the Lesser Sunda Islands, they have integrated the newer belief systems with their ancient roots in Animism. (see Timor and several neighboring Lesser Sunda Islands in the following posts)

Volcano God Effigy (exceptionally rare), Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Manga Lewa Village, Mid 18th c, Stone, cloth. Used by shaman for predicting volcanic eruptions. Passed down through four generations. 15” x 5 ½ x 5 ¾”, sold
Volcano God Effigy (exceptionally rare), Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Manga Lewa Village, Mid 18th c, Stone, cloth

Used by shaman for predicting volcanic eruptions. Passed down through four generations. 15” x 5 ½ x 5 ¾”, SOLD

Shaman Healing Figures, Male and Female Couple, Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Mid 20th c. Wood, patinated with use and age. One of the pair held in each hand during a ceremonial dance for healing a marriage. (female - 8” x 7 ¾” x 1”); (male - 8” x 8” x 1 ½”), $590 (sold as pair)
Shaman Healing Figures, Male, Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Mid 20th c.
Wood

One of the pair held in each hand during a ceremonial dance for healing a marriage. (female – 8” x 7 ¾” x 1”); (male – 8” x 8” x 1 ½”), $590. sold as pair

Magic Protection Figures East Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo, thread. Kept in household kitchen to protect the home. Dimensions: 10" to 17" tall; $135. to $225.
Magic Protection Figures, East Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo, thread

Kept in household kitchen to protect the home. Dimensions: 10″ to 17″ tall; $135. to $225. (far left and far right SOLD)

Magic Talisman Figure, Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Bajawa village, Mid 20th c, Wood Used for healing rituals. 15 ½” x 6 ½” x 4”, $320.
Magic Talisman Figure, Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Bajawa village, Mid 20th c, Wood

Used for healing rituals. 15 ½” x 6 ½” x 4”, $320.

'Caci', Ritual Fighting Whip - Caci Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Manggarai tribe Early 20th c. Wood, rattan, bark, smooth patina from use and age Caci is a powerful magic whip-fighting ritual performed during a harvest festival with complex ritual preparations. It is played by 2 men, usually from different villages. The Whip symbolizes the male phallus, the father and the sky. The shield used with it symbolizes the female, the womb and the earth. These elements are united when the whip hits the shield symbolizing life giving sexual unity. It is a playful event but any blood shed is considered an offering to the ancestors who will then ensure fertility of the land. 14” x 10” x 2 ½” $520.
‘Caci’, Ritual Fighting Whip, Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Manggarai tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, rattan, bark

‘Caci’ is a powerful magic whip-fighting ritual performed during a harvest festival with complex ritual preparations. It is played by 2 men, usually from different villages. The Whip symbolizes the male phallus, the father and the sky. The shield used with it symbolizes the female, the womb and the earth. These elements are united when the whip hits the shield symbolizing life giving sexual unity. It is a playful event but any blood shed is considered an offering to the ancestors who will then ensure fertility of the land. 14” x 10” x 2 ½”, $520.

Effigy Figure, Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Aggregate Stone, Used by shaman for healing and divination, 11” x 8” x 6”, sold
Effigy Figure, Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Aggregate Stone

Used by shaman for healing and divination, 11” x 8” x 6”, sold

Shaman's Effigy Figure, West Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Bena village, Early to mid 10th c. Stone, Used by shaman for healing and divination. 11 ½” x 7 ½” x 5 ½”, Sold
Shaman’s Effigy Figure, West Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Bena village, Early to mid 10th c, Stone

Used by shaman for healing and divination. 11 ½” x 7 ½” x 5 ½”, Sold

Shaman Figure, Central Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Island, Japu village, Early 20th c, Stone, cloth strap. For protecting the clan house and for divination, 11” x 3 ½” x 5 ½”, $800.
Shaman Figure, Central Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Island, Japu village, Early 20th c, Stone, cloth strap

For protecting the clan house and for divination, 11” x 3 ½” x 5 ½”, $800.

Nitta Watu (rare), Kitchen Protector Figure - Shaman Power Object, West Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Maumere district, Nita or Bena Village, Early to mid 19th c, Stone, pigment, cloth strap for hanging. Used to protect a house or home. 14” x 5 ½” x 6”, $1700.
Nitta Watu (rare), Kitchen Protector Figure – Shaman Power Object, West Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Maumere district, Nita or Bena Village, Early to mid 19th c, Stone, pigment, cloth strap for hanging

Used to protect a house or home. 14” x 5 ½” x 6”, $1700.

Magic House Protector, West Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 19th c, stone, cloth strap, 19” x 5 ¾” x 4 ¼”, $1800.
Magic House Protector, West Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 19th c, stone

Magic House Protector, West Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 19th c, stone, cloth strap, 19” x 5 ¾” x 4 ¼”, $1800.

group photo (above) of the 3 previous house protectors figures
Nita Ina, Shaman Magic Figure Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Maumere district, Nita Village, Late 19th to early 20th c, Tree bark, cloth, shell. Used for either ‘white’ or ‘black’ ritual magic (dark energy does not inhabit the figure itself) (male figure -26 ½” x 14 ½” x 6 ½”,$1900.), (female figure -23” x 10” x 5”, $1400.)
Nita Ina, Magic Figure,
Flores Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Maumere district, Nita Village, Late 19th to early 20th c, Tree bark, cloth, shell

Used for either ‘white’ or ‘black’ ritual magic (dark energy does not inhabit the figure itself) (male figure – 26 ½” x 14 ½” x 6 ½”,$1900.), (female figure – 23” x 10” x 5”, $1400.)

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism on Sumba Island, Indonesia

Sumba Island is part of the ‘The Lesser Sunda Islands’ – the long sweeping chain of islands south of Bali that make up the southern part of Indonesia. In the following posts we include items from Sumba, Flores, Timor, Lombok and a few others. There are many similarities in belief systems throughout the Lesser Sundas but the material culture is unique to each island.
Although the people of Sumba are now mostly of Christian or Muslim faith, their ancient Animistic belief system remain a powerful influence in daily life. This is reflected in the art and tools of shaman priests. Shaman are still a fundamental part of society, presiding over new building construction, births, deaths, marriages, mock wars and other cultural rituals and celebrations. Their blessings and protection rituals are essential to the well being of the community and the individual’s physical and spiritual health.
The tribal, hilltop villages which which consist of twelve to twenty to twenty stilt houses, are much the same as they were hundreds of years ago, as are most of the practices of everyday life. Sumba was one of the last islands to come under the control of the Indonesian government in the early 1970s, leaving the old culture mostly intact to this day.

Shaman Charms, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Lamboya village, Early 20th c, Wood, smooth patina from use and age. Healing amulets. 3 ½” x 2” x 2” (container); 1 ¼” x ¾’ x ½” (each figure), $375.
Shaman Charms, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Lamboya village, Early 20th c, Wood

Healing charms used in rituals. The shaman figures and their container have become smooth with a darkened patina from use and age.  3 ½” x 2” x 2” (container); 1 ¼” x ¾’ x ½” (each figure), $375. SOLD

Shaman Effigy, Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Stone, pigment, cloth, Used for healing and to protect shaman from ghost spirits, 6 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”, $725.
Shaman Effigy, Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Stone, pigment, cloth

Used for healing and to protect shaman from ghost spirits, 6 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”, $725. (see image below of both the above shaman figures together)

Shaman Effigy and Shaman Charms
additional view of Shaman Effigy and Shaman Charms
Shaman Drum, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Animal skin stretched over wood, Used by shaman to initiate and maintain a trance state during rituals, 17 ½” x 10 ½’ x 10”, $490.
Shaman Drum, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Animal skin stretched over wood

Used by shaman to initiate and maintain a trance state during rituals, 17 ½” x 10 ½’ x 10”, SOLD

Hunting Spirit Guide, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Kodi village. Early to mid 20th c. Wood, patinated with use and age. Spirit guide figure to pray to before hunting or fishing. 7” x 6 ½” x 16”, $325.
Hunting Spirit Guide, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Kodi village. Early to mid 20th c. Wood

Spirit guide figure to pray to before hunting or fishing. This piece has a nice patina from age and use. 7” x 6 ½” x 16”, SOLD

Shaman Figure with Alligator, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Kodi tribe, Mid to late 19th c, Wood, Used for protection rituals. 19 ¾” x 4 ¼” x 4”, $750.
Shaman Figure with Alligator, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Kodi tribe, Mid to late 19th c, Wood

Used for protection rituals. 19 ¾” x 4 ¼” x 4”, $750.

Magic Amulet/Talisman Figure, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang village Mid 20th c, Wood Magic amulet used for healing rituals. Sold
Magic Amulet/Talisman Figure, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang village, Mid 20th c, Wood

Magic amulet used for healing rituals. SOLD

Shaman Magic Amulet Male Figure, West Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang village, Early 20th c, Wood. Used for healing rituals. 7 ¾” x 2 ½” x 5 ¼”, $180.
Shaman Magic Amulet Male Figure, West Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang village, Early 20th c, Wood.

Used for healing rituals. 7 ¾” x 2 ½” x 5 ¼”, $180. SOLD

Magic Figure, Woman with Child, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Stone. Used to heal and protect woman and child. 5 ½” 7” x 3 ¼”, $230.
Magic Figure, Woman with Child, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Stone

Used to heal and protect woman and child. 5 ½” 7” x 3 ¼”, $230. SOLD

Hanging Effigy and Herb Bowl - set, East Sumba Island, Indonesia, Soru village, Early 20th c, Wood, coconut, fiber string. The effigy hanger gives great healing power to the herbs placed in the coconut bowl suspended below it. The bowl has three bird figure and three carved faces with an amulet head hanging below it. 30” x 6” x 6”, $1200.
Hanging Effigy and Herb Bowl – set, East Sumba Island, Indonesia, Soru village, Early 20th c, Wood

The effigy hanger gives great healing power to the herbs placed in the coconut bowl suspended below it. The bowl has three bird figure and three carved faces with an amulet head hanging below it. 30” x 6” x 6”, $1200.

Shaman Healing Couple Effigy, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang village Early to mid 20th c, Wood, fiber cloth, patinated with use and age, Used in healing rituals and to fix marriages. Dimensions: (left, male: 5 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 2”); (right, female: 5” x 3” x 2”), $420. sold as a pair
Shaman Healing Couple Effigy, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Anakalang village, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, fiber cloth

Used in healing rituals and to fix marriages. Dimensions: (left, male: 5 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 2”); (right, female: 5” x 3” x 2”), $420. sold as a pair

Healing Amulet/Talisman, Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 19th c, Stone, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals. 6 ½” x 2 ½” x 2 ½”, $370.
Healing Amulet/Talisman, Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 19th c, Stone

 Patinated with use and age, this figure was used in healing rituals. 6 ½” x 2 ½” x 2 ½”, $370.

Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman - Cow, Octopus, Monkey, Bird West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Early 20th c, Wood. Used in healing rituals, 10” x 16” x 13”, $600.
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman – Cow, Octopus, Monkey, Bird, West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood

This is an unusual piece. It is multi-sided and combines several different animals which become recognizable as you turn the piece. This view show a monkey. Its feet are duck-like bird heads. If you flip the piece over, it persents as the head of a cow and of an octopus depending on the angle you view it. Used in healing rituals, 10” x 16” x 13”, $600. (see image below for another angle showing the cow/octopus)

Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman - Cow, Octopus, Monkey, Bird West Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Early 20th c, Wood. Used in healing rituals, 10” x 16” x 13”, $600.
Alternate view of previous image – Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman – Cow, Octopus, Monkey, Bird
Female Shaman Effigy Sumba Island, 17th century Stone, For healing related to childbirth, 5” x 3 ¾” x 4”, Sold
Female Shaman Effigy, Sumba Island, 17th century, Stone

For healing related to childbirth, 5” x 3 ¾” x 4”, SOLD

Shaman Magic Medicine Bottle Stopper, East Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Mid 19th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Talisman figure with child, used empower the healing medicine in the bottle. 3” x 1 ¼” x 1 ¼”, $80.
Shaman Magic Medicine Bottle Stopper, East Sumba Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 19th c, Wood

Talisman figure with child, used empower the healing medicine in the bottle. 3” x 1 ¼” x 1 ¼”, $80. SOLD

Shaman Staff, Sumba, Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals. 35 ½ x 2 ¼” x 1 ½”, $700.
Shaman Staff, Sumba, Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood

Used in healing rituals. 35 ½ x 2 ¼” x 1 ½”, $700.

Effigy Mask Trap, East Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Tana Mabanas village, Late 19th to early 20th c, Coconut, wood, pigment. Hangs in shaman’s house. Gathers and traps black magic. The shaman will then perform a ritual to disperse them and to keep them from returning. 9 ½” x 8” x 10 ¾”, $700.
Effigy Mask Trap, East Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Tana Mabanas village, Late 19th to early 20th c, Coconut, wood, pigment

Hangs in shaman’s house. Gathers and traps black magic. The shaman will then perform a ritual to disperse them and to keep them from returning. 9 ½” x 8” x 10 ¾”, $700. (see below image for side view) SOLD

Effigy Mask Trap, East Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Tana Mabanas village, Late 19th to early 20th c, Coconut, wood, pigment. Hangs in shaman’s house. Gathers and traps black magic. The shaman will then perform a ritual to disperse them and to keep them from returning. 9 ½” x 8” x 10 ¾”, $700.
side view of previous image – Effigy Mask Trap

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

The Mentawai tribes remain one of the most isolated populations on the planet. Some still live a neolithic, hunter-gather lifestyle in the rain-forest and do not use a written language. Shaman, or sikerei, are intrinsic to daily life and considered leaders, although they are an egalitarian society. The classic Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim themes common to most of Indonesia are not part of the Mentawai belief system which is wholly based in nature. In their philosophy, objects are not things to be used, but rather things that can allow themselves to be used – as all things, including air and water, have spirits. This is reflected in their deeply symbolic decoration of objects as well as their characteristic body art. They adorn themselves with intricate spirit tattoos for protection, and practice tooth chiseling, to enhance physical and spiritual beauty. They believe they must keep their bodies beautiful so their spirits will be happy and not be tempted to leave. Their art is some of the most evocative and appealing of all the Indonesian cultures. 

Spirit Bird Boat Box, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe, Early 20th c, Wood. Used by shaman to store powerful ritual and magic items associated with trance journeys and ceremonies. Kept in the shaman’s house. Boats are a common theme within this island culture. 7 ¾” x 30” x 7 ½”, $1100.
Spirit Bird Boat Box, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe,
Early 20th c, Wood

Used by shaman to store powerful ritual and magic items associated with trance journeys and ceremonies. Kept in the shaman’s house. Boats are a common theme within this island culture. 7 ¾” x 30” x 7 ½”, $1100.

'Salipa', Medicine Boat Box, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe, Early 20th c, Wood with reed stitching and strap. Used by shaman to store implements to be used when called upon to convene with spirit world. 8” x 26” x 5 ¾”, $1100.
‘Salipa’, Medicine Boat Box, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe, Early 20th c, Wood with reed stitching and strap

Used by shaman to store implements to be used when called upon to convene with spirit world. 8” x 26” x 5 ¾”, $1100.

God Effigy (rare), Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe, 19th c, Wood. Used as a symbol to pray to. 15 ½” x 3 ½” x 6”, $1600.
God Effigy (rare), Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe, 19th c, Wood

Used as a symbol to pray to. 15 ½” x 3 ½” x 6”, $1600.

Shaman Kit, Mentawai,Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe Early to mid 20th c, Case: sago palm leaf box, braided rattan. Raffia wand handle and headband, feathers, European glass trade beads, cotton trade cloth, wood, bronze bell. Contents: costume (loincloth, jewelry, head gear) and wands All items have a specific purpose - example: the beaded headband acts like antenna attracting spirits the shaman needs to contact, 5” x 8 ½” x 23 ½”, $3600.
Shaman Kit Contents, Mentawai,Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe
Early to mid 20th c, Case: sago palm leaf box, braided rattan. Raffia wand handle and headband, feathers, European glass trade beads, cotton trade cloth, wood, bronze bell

Contents: costume (loincloth, jewelry, head gear) and wands. All items have a specific purpose – example: the beaded headband acts like antenna attracting spirits the shaman needs to contact, 5” x 8 ½” x 23 ½”, $3600. (See closed box in image below)

Shaman Kit Box, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe Early to mid 20th c, Case: sago palm leaf box, braided rattan
Shaman Kit Box, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe. Early to mid 20th c, Case: sago palm leaf box, braided rattan
Shaman Kit Box Contents, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe Early to mid 20th c, Case: sago palm leaf box, braided rattan, Raffia wand handle and headband, feathers, European glass trade beads, cotton trade cloth, wood, bronze bell. Contents: costume (loincloth, jewelry, head gear) and wands. All items have a specific purpose - example: the beaded headband acts like antenna attracting spirits the shaman needs to contact. 5 ½” x 7 ½” x 30 ½” $3600.
Shaman Kit Box Contents, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe
Early to mid 20th c, Case: sago palm leaf box, braided rattan, Raffia wand handle and headband, feathers, European glass trade beads, cotton trade cloth, wood, bronze bell

Contents: costume (loincloth, jewelry, head gear) and wands. All items have a specific purpose – example: the beaded headband acts like antenna attracting spirits the shaman needs to contact. 5 ½” x 7 ½” x 30 ½”, $3600.

Shaman's Wands, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe, Mid 20th c. Wood. Ritual zoomorphic amulets used in healing rituals. Dimesnisons: Left and Middle (right is Batak) (left, pigmented with soot - 2” x 7 ¾” x ¾”, $95); (middle - 2” x 7 ½” x 1”, $110.)
Shaman’s Wands, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia,
Mentawai tribe, Mid 20th c. Wood

Ritual zoomorphic amulets used in healing rituals. Dimesnisons: Left and Middle (right is Batak) (left, pigmented with soot – 2” x 7 ¾” x ¾”, $95); (middle – 2” x 7 ½” x 1”, $110.) (see detail in image below)

Shaman's Wand, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai tribe, Mid 20th c. Wood pigmented with soot Ritual zoomorphic amulet for healing rituals. 2” x 7 ½” x 1”, $110.
Shaman’s Wand (detail from previous image)
'Jaraik' Fetish Panel, Indonesia, Sumatra, Mentawai, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, macaque skulls, rattan. Usually found on the inner entrance of house. Made at the time the house is built and is protection for the inhabitants. A ritual hunt for a male bokkoi (macaque) monkey. its function is to both ward off evil spirits and to attract benevolent ones. The monkey plays a significant role in the protection by symbolically floating in the womb of the nature spirit. The carving is representative of a Tree of Life motif. And is also a symbol for the human soul after liberation from the physical body.
‘Jaraik’ Fetish Panel, Indonesia, Sumatra, Mentawai, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, macaque skulls, rattan

Usually found on the inner entrance of house. Made at the time the house is built and is protection for the inhabitants. A ritual hunt for a male bokkoi (macaque) monkey. its function is to both ward off evil spirits and to attract benevolent ones. The monkey plays a significant role in the protection by symbolically floating in the womb of the nature spirit. The carving is representative of a Tree of Life motif. And is also a symbol for the human soul after liberation from the physical body.

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in Borneo, Indonesia

Borneo, home of the Dayak tribes is one of the largest islands in Indonesia, and is of volcanic origin. Their ancient belief system, like that across most of Indonesia, is Animistic – the belief that they are descendants of a bird/dragon/serpent. This is visually represented by the pervasive motifs in their art. Shaman are intrinsic to Dayak religion. They bring together the spirit world, the mortal world, and the underworld and thus serve to maintain the balance of life, protecting the community, and healing the sick. Although the Dayak are a peace loving people, they were historically feared by outsiders for their little understood practice of headhunting. In reality, a head is taken only after death during war, and is taken out of respect for the spirit.

'Lupong Manang' Shaman’s Medicine Carrier/Backpack with Healing Charm Figures (rare), East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe. Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood, braided reed, feathers. The Shaman made his own medicine kit to contain items for healing, protections and predictions – such as special teeth, stones and other items. The figures on the exterior correspond to illnesses and other conditions or ailments. 17 ½” x 13” x 13”, $4800.
‘Lupong Manang’ Shaman’s Medicine Carrier/Backpack with Healing Charm Figures (rare), East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe. Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood, braided reed, feathers

The Shaman makes his own traveling medicine kit. It would typically contain items for healing, protections and predictions – such as special teeth, stones, herbs and other magical items. The figures on the exterior correspond to illnesses and other conditions or ailments. 17 ½” x 13” x 13”, $4800. SOLD

Shaman Figure with Cap, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe Early 20th c, Ironwood. Used for healing rituals. 13” x ¾” x 8” x 6”, $390.
Shaman Figure with Cap, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe Early 20th c, Ironwood

Used in healing rituals. 13” x ¾” x 8” x 6”, $390.

Shaman Healing Amulet, Necklace, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Mid 19th to early 20th c, Root wood pigmented with soot, shell, animal teeth, cloth pouches, glass beads, disk beads, patinated with age and use. Used for healing rituals. The amulets correspond to various illnesses and conditions. 26” x 8” x 2 ½”, $2400.
Shaman Healing Amulet, Necklace, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Mid 19th to early 20th c, Root wood pigmented with soot, shell, animal teeth, cloth pouches, glass beads, disk beads, patinated with age and use

Used for healing rituals. The amulets correspond to various illnesses and conditions. 26” x 8” x 2 ½”, $2400. (see image below for detail)

Shaman Healing Amulet, Necklace, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Mid 19th to early 20th c, Root wood pigmented with soot, shell, animal teeth, cloth pouches, glass beads, disk beads, patinated with age and use. Used for healing rituals. The amulets correspond to various illnesses and conditions. 26” x 8” x 2 ½”, $2400. (see previous image for necklace as worn)
Detail View of Shaman Healing Amulet, Necklace (see previous image)
Shaman Healing Fetish, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, pigmented with soot, patinated with age and use. For healing rituals. 6 ½” x 13” x 10”, $250.
Shaman Healing Fetish, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, pigmented with soot

For healing rituals. 6 ½” x 13” x 10”, $250.

Shaman’s Amulet/Talisman Figures for Healing, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe. Dimensions/Info Left to Right: (Early 20th c. Wood, 4 ¾” x 1 ½” x 1 ½”, $90.); (Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood, 5” x 2 ½” x 1 ½”, $90.); (Mid 20th c, Wood, Stopper for shaman’s medicine container, 5 ¾” x 1” x 1 ¼”, $130.); ( Early 20th c. Wood, Used for healing a child, 3 ¼” x 1” x 1 ¾”, $85.)
Shaman Amulet/Talisman Figures for Healing, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Wood, :Late 19th to Mid 20th c

Dimensions/Info Left to Right: (Early 20th c. Wood, 4 ¾” x 1 ½” x 1 ½”, $90.) ; (Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood, stopper for medicine bottle – 5” x 2 ½” x 1 ½”, $90.); (Mid 20th c, Wood, Stopper for shaman’s medicine container, 5 ¾” x 1” x 1 ¼”, $130.); ( Early 20th c. Wood, Used for healing a child, 3 ¼” x 1” x 1 ¾”, $85.) (ALL 4 SOLD)

Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age Used for healing rituals. 4 ¾” x 4” x 5”. $70.
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman

Used for healing rituals. 4 ¾” x 4” x 5”. $70. SOLD

Shaman Healing Fetish, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak Tribe Late 19th c, Wood, metal, shell, fiber netting. This is used by the shaman to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 5”, $1800.
Shaman Healing Fetish with padlocks, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak Tribe, Late 19th c, Wood, metal, shell, fiber netting

This is used by the shaman to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 5”, $1800.

Magic Protection Figure Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early to mid 19th c, Ironwood, patinated with use and age. Protection from harmful spirits. 35” x 21 ½” 8”, $1600.
Magic Protection Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early to mid 19th c, Ironwood

This figure gives protection from harmful spirits. 35” x 21 ½” 8”, $1600.

Skull Necklace Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wooden Beads, Rodent Skull, darkened with soot. Worn for healing and protection rituals 17 ½” x 2 ¾” x 1 ¾”, $450.
Skull Necklace Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wooden Beads, Rodent Skull, darkened with soot

Worn for healing and protection rituals 17 ½” x 2 ¾” x 1 ¾”, $450.

Shaman Amulet/Talisman Figure (rare), Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Modang Dayak tribe, Early to mid 20th c, Wood with patina from use and age. Zoomorphic or monkey figure amulet. $650 (sold as pair) Dimensions" (left - 7” x 1 ½” x 3 ¾”); (right - 7” x 1 ½” x ¾”)
Shaman Amulet/Talisman Figure (rare), Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Modang Dayak tribe, Early to mid 20th c, Wood

Zoomorphic or monkey figure amulet. $650 (sold as pair) Dimensions” (left – 7” x 1 ½” x 3 ¾”); (right – 7” x 1 ½” x ¾”) SOLD

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, stone, animal teeth and claws, coins, patinated with age and use. Used for healing rituals. 14” x 8” x 4”, $560.
Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot

Used for healing rituals. 14” x 8” x 4”, $560.

Shaman Fetish Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe Early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, animal hide. Hung on the wall in the shaman’s house and used for calling spirits and for healing rituals. 12” x 8” x 6”, $600.
Shaman Fetish Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, animal hide
Shaman Figure with Red Skirt, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak, Early 20th c, Wood, cotton cloth. Used for healing and protection. 20” x 4” x 2”, $800.
Shaman Figure with Red Skirt, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak, Early 20th c, Wood, cotton cloth

Used for healing and protection.20” x 4” x 2”, $800.

Shaman Protector Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth straps. Kept in the shaman’s home for his protection. 28” x 6” x 5 ½”, $1900.
Shaman Protector Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth straps

Kept in the shaman’s home for his protection. 28” x 6” x 5 ½”, $1900.

Shaman Female Amulet Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Ironwood. Used for healing treatments, 8 ¼” x 5” x 4”, $90.
Shaman Female Amulet Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Ironwood

Used for healing treatments, 8 ¼” x 5” x 4”, $90. SOLD

Medicine Man Effigy Betel Nut Offering Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, paint Used to hold betel nuts as a ritual offering to the deities. 13” x 4 ½” x 5”, $1200.
Medicine Man Effigy Betel Nut Offering Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, paint

Used to hold betel nuts as a ritual offering to the deities.
13” x 4 ½” x 5”, $1200.

Shaman Healing Talismans, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Mid 20th c, Wood, patinated with use and age. Used in healing rituals. The figure corresponds to specific illness or conditions. Dimensions and prices left to right: (left - 7 ¾” x 5 ¾” x 4”, $220.); tall middle - 10 ½” x 6 ½” x 2 ½”, $160.); (light middle - 7 ½” x 2” x 2”, $210.); (right - 8 ½” x 5” x 4”, $190.)
Shaman Healing Talismans, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Mid 20th c, Wood 

Used in healing rituals. The figure corresponds to specific illness or conditions. Dimensions and prices left to right: (left – 7 ¾” x 5 ¾” x 4”, $220.); tall middle – 10 ½” x 6 ½” x 2 ½”, $160.) SOLD; (light middle – 7 ½” x 2” x 2”, $210.); (right – 8 ½” x 5” x 4”, $190.)

Shaman Protection Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Modong Dayak tribe, Late 19th c, Wood darkened with soot. Shaman use these to protect themselves and villagers from evil creatures, 14” x 4 ¼” x 4”, $560
Shaman Protection Figure, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Modong Dayak tribe, Late 19th c, Wood darkened with soot

Shaman use these to protect themselves and villagers from evil creatures, 14” x 4 ¼” x 4”, $560.

Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, patinated with age and use. For fertility rituals (two figures, three faces), 12” x 3 ½” x 3”, $190.
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot. SOLD
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak Tribe Late 19th c, Root wood, glass beads, pigmented with soot, patinated with age and use Two sided figure. Used for healing rituals (double sided/two faces), 5” x 4 ½” x 4 ½”, $365.
Shaman Healing Amulet/Talisman, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak Tribe, Late 19th c, Root wood, glass beads, pigmented with soot

Two sided figure. Used for healing rituals (double sided/two faces), 5” x 4 ½” x 4 ½”, $365.

Shaman Healing Fetish, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, pigment, patina. Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits 10 ½” x 4” x 3 ½”, $420.
Shaman Healing Fetish, Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Early to mid 20th c, Wood

Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits, 10 ½” x 4” x 3 ½”, $420.

'Lupong Manang' or Shaman’s Medicine Carrier/Backpack with Healing Amulet/Fetish Figures (rare), East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, raffia, feathers, porcupine quill Shaman made their own medicine kit backpacks to carry items for healing, protection and predictions such as special teeth, stones and other items. The healing amulet figures on the exterior correspond to illnesses and other conditions. 17” x 12 ½” x 15”, $3,900. (see below image for detail image of shoulder straps)
‘Lupong Manang’ or Shaman’s Medicine Carrier/Backpack with Healing Amulet/Fetish Figures (rare), East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, raffia, feathers, porcupine quills

Shaman made their own medicine kit backpacks to carry items for healing, protection and predictions such as special teeth, stones and other items. The healing amulet figures on the exterior correspond to illnesses and other conditions. 17” x 12 ½” x 15”, $3,900. (see below image for detail image of shoulder straps)

'Lupong Manang' or Shaman’s Medicine Carrier/Backpack with Healing Amulet/Fetish Figures (rare), East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia, Dayak tribe, Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, raffia, feathers, porcupine quill. Shaman made their own medicine kit backpacks to carry items for healing, protection and predictions such as special teeth, stones and other items. The healing amulet figures on the exterior correspond to illnesses and other conditions. 17” x 12 ½” x 15”, $3,900. (see previous image of front side)
Shoulder Strap Detail of ‘Lupong Manang’ Backpack

 

Balancing The Universe: Shamanism in Vietnam and Thailand

Essential to the shamanic traditions of the Vietnamese is the ability to read and write Chinese. A requisite, extensive knowledge of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Animism and Ancestor worship make the shaman’s training a long and rigorous process. They must draw on a complex base of philosophies and abilities which include the use of scroll paintings, ritual texts, and prints. The shaman use a collection of specific objects and instruments to aid them in entering the realm of the spirits. They wear intricately crafted robes designed for women, who were the original healers – before the demands of child rearing caused a gradual shift to a predominantly male profession. The elaborate imagery embroidered on the robes represents the universe with all its deities. Shaman wrap themselves in this ‘Universe’ for protection during rituals, in which they negotiate directly with supernatural beings – both good, and evil. Shaman are the cornerstones of culture and society in Vietnam and Thailand. They care for both rich and poor, and preside over individual and community events and celebrations. (please keep checking as we add to this Vietnam post)

Shaman Paintings (full set - 18 pieces) Thailand Vietnamese, Yap people Mid to late 20th c. Cotton, pigment The shaman derives spiritual power from paintings, who effectively become the deities they represent, and ritual texts that allow him/her to communicate with ancestors, negotiate with unfriendly beings and treat diseases. An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27. An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The many panels including those depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance and imagines them as the real underworld thereby entering Hell and chanting a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. 42” x 16” (18pcs) $7500
Shaman Paintings (set – 15 banners), Thailand (Vietnamese Yap people), Mid to late 20th c, Cotton, pigment

Shamans derive spiritual power from these paintings. When hung around the room in specifically arranged layouts, they effectively become the spirit world they represent and, like a portal, the shaman can then enter that realm. The ritual texts allow him/her to communicate directly with the deities and ancestors to negotiate and treat diseases and other things that have become out of balance.
An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27.  An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The panels depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance, thereby entering Hell, and chants a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. 42” x 16” (15 pcs $6200.) Or $425 for a single individual banner.
*Please scroll to bottom of this post for detailed images of each of the large 42″ x 16″ banners above.

Shaman Paintings (3 Banners) Thailand Vietnamese, Yap people Mid to late 20th c. Cotton, pigment The shaman derives spiritual power from paintings, who effectively become the deities they represent, and ritual texts that allow him/her to communicate with ancestors, negotiate with unfriendly beings and treat diseases. An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27. An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The many panels including those depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance and imagines them as the real underworld thereby entering Hell and chanting a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. (3 pcs - 17 ½” x 10", $170 each); (3 pcs - 10 ½” x 7 ½” , $110 each); (1 piece - 9" x 80", $325.)
Detail of Shaman Paintings/Banners

In addition to the previous set (previous image) of 18 large paintings – these are 3 smaller sizes – (3 pcs – 17 ½” x 10″, $170 each); (3 pcs – 10 ½” x 7 ½” , $110 each); (1 piece – 9″ x 80″, $325.) The horizontal one is shown folded. Please contact us for additional images.

Shaman’s Personal Instruction Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (tapa), Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and Feng Shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 9 ½” x 8 ½” x ¾”, $850.
Shaman’s Personal Instruction Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper  

Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and Feng Shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 9 ½” x 8 ½” x ¾”, $850. (see inside detail below)

Inside Detail of Shaman’s Personal Instruction Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (tapa), Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and Feng Shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 9 ½” x 8 ½” x ¾”, $850.
Inside Detail of Shaman’s Personal Instruction Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (some individual pages below)

 

Pages from Shaman's Personal Instructional Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Red Yao people Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (tapa), Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and feng shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 12” x 11” x ½” (framed), $120. each
Pages from Shaman’s Personal Instructional Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Red Yao people, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (tapa) (we have 19 individual framed pages), 2 more examples below. If you’d like to see more, please contact us. They are all different!)

 

Pages from Shaman's Personal Instructional Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Red Yao people Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (tapa), Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and feng shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 12” x 11” x ½” (framed), $120. each
Pages from Shaman’s Personal Instructional Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Red Yao people, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (tapa) 

Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and feng shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 12” x 11” x ½” (framed), $120. each

Amulet Yantra Shirt - extremely rare and powerful protective garment Thailand Vietnamese tribal shaman Mid 20th c. Cotton, ink, pigment Handmade and drawn by the shaman, it depicts prayers, signs, numbers and a deities. The sacred cloth is an undergarment worn as a talisman with great protective power against physical harm, like bullets, spears, knives, wild animals and evil spirits. This one may have been commissioned by a wealthy man who felt he needed protection. Soldiers would also wear these if they could afford one. 21” x 61” $2900
Amulet Yantra Shirt, Thailand (Vietnamese tribal shaman), Mid 20th c, Cotton, ink, pigment 

Handmade and drawn by the shaman, it depicts prayers, signs, numbers and a deities. The sacred cloth is an undergarment worn as a talisman with great protective power against physical harm, like bullets, spears, knives, wild animals and evil spirits. This one may have been commissioned by a wealthy man who felt he needed protection. Soldiers would also wear these if they could afford one. 21” x 61”, $2900. SOLD

Amulet Yantra Vest Nong Pho, Thailand Vietnamese shaman Mid to late 19th c. Cotton, pigment Handmade and drawn by the shaman It is endowed with prayers, signs, numbers and a depiction of the great guru monk Luang Phor Doem. The sacred cloth is an undergarment worn as a talisman with great protective power against physical harm, like bullets, spears, knives, wild animals and evil spirits. 19” x 22” $2,900.
Amulet Yantra Vest, Nong Pho, Thailand, (Vietnamese shaman), Mid to late 19th c. Cotton, pigment (Back view, see front image below)

 

Amulet Yantra Vest Nong Pho, Thailand Vietnamese shaman Mid to late 19th c. Cotton, pigment Handmade and drawn by the shaman It is endowed with prayers, signs, numbers and a depiction of the great guru monk Luang Phor Doem. The sacred cloth is an undergarment worn as a talisman with great protective power against physical harm, like bullets, spears, knives, wild animals and evil spirits. 19” x 22” $2,900.
(Front view) Amulet Yantra Vest, Nong Pho, Thailand, (Vietnamese shaman), Mid to late 19th c. Cotton, pigment

Handmade and drawn by the shaman. It is endowed with prayers, signs, numbers. The sacred cloth is an undergarment worn as a talisman with great protective power against physical harm, like bullets, spears, knives, wild animals and evil spirits. 19” x 22”, $2,900. SOLD

Instruments are essential tools for shaman. They create the rhythmic atmosphere that facilitates entering and maintaining the trance state necessary for the shaman to enter the spirit worlds. Cymbals Tuyen Province, Northern Vietnam Cao Lan People Late 19th to early 20th c. Bronze For welcoming divinities and warding off evil beings. The cymbals represent the turtle - legendary hero figures, who are exercised for killing monsters. (small - 3 ½” x 6 ¾’ x 6 ¾”, $400.), (large - 4” x 9 ½ x 9 ½”, $590.) Shaman/Buddhist Priest Bell, Vietnam, Black Yao people, Late 19th c, Metal coin as clapper, The handle is embellished with a human face. Used in religious rituals. Its sound is meant to evoke protective deities and dispel evil spirits. This type of bell is also used during chanting and incantations of mantras. 5” x 2 ½” x 2 ½”, $325. Round Finger Bells, Hoa Binh province, Vietnam, H’mong people, Late 19th to early 20th c, Bronze, Placed on one’s finger, the tone can be modified with the palm and remaining fingers. $90. each, (2 ½” x 1” x 1”); (2 ½” x 1” x 1”); (2 ¼” x 1” x 1”). Oboe/Flute Cao Bang province, Vietnam Red Yao people Early to mid 20th c, Wood, metal, An essential element of the musical ensembles that accompany the shaman’s rituals and performances to help the living and provide salvation for the dead. 19 ¼” x 4” x 4”, $220.
Shaman Instruments, Cymbals, Bells and Flute, Late 19th to early 20th c, wood, metal

Instruments are essential tools for shaman. They create the rhythmic atmosphere that facilitates entering and maintaining the trance state necessary for the shaman to enter the spirit worlds. (Cymbals, Bells, Flute)

Cymbals -;Tuyen Province, Northern Vietnam, Cao Lan People, Late 19th to early 20th c, Bronze. For welcoming divinities and warding off evil beings. Cymbals represent the turtle – legendary hero figures, who are exercised for killing monsters. Dimensions: (small – 3 ½” x 6 ¾’ x 6 ¾”, $400.), (large – 4” x 9 ½ x 9 ½”, $590.) SOLD

Shaman/Buddhist Priest Clapper Bell; Black Yao people, Late 19th c, Metal coin as clapper, The handle is embellished with a human face. Used in religious rituals. Its sound is meant to evoke protective deities and dispel evil spirits. This type of bell is also used during chanting and incantations of mantras. 5” x 2 ½” x 2 ½”, $325. SOLD

Round Finger Bells, Hoa Binh province, Vietnam, H’mong people, Late 19th to early 20th c, Bronze, Placed on one’s finger, the tone can be modified with the palm and remaining fingers. $90. each, (2 ½” x 1” x 1”); (2 ½” x 1” x 1”); (2 ¼” x 1” x 1”). SOLD

Oboe/Flute, Cao Bang province, Red Yao people Early to mid 20th c, Wood, metal, An essential element of the musical ensembles that accompany the shaman’s rituals and performances to help the living and provide salvation for the dead. 19 ¼” x 4” x 4”, $220. SOLD

Shaman's Court Tablet or Wand, Vietnam, Yao people, Mid to late 19th c, Wood, finely woven cotton band with glass beads. Potent tool used similarly to a Himalayan Phurba, to direct evil energy away and to summon and control spirits. Text characters are painted onto all sides. 13 ¼” x 16 ½” x ¾”, $650
Shaman’s Court Tablet, or Wand, Vietnam, Yao people, Mid to late 19th c, Wood, finely woven cotton band with glass beads

Potent tool used similarly to a Himalayan Phurba, to direct evil energy away and to summon and control spirits. Text characters are painted onto all sides. 13 ¼” x 16 ½” x ¾”, $650.

Dragon Robe (front), Shaman Priest's Costume, complete outfit; Robe, Skirt, Belt, ( Scarf see next image), Vietnam, Tao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery. Worn by shaman/priests for all ceremonies. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the universe for protection. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and child rearing, men replaced women as shaman but retained the same sacred costume. This type of headpiece/scarf is worn by postulant or newly ordained shaman. High level priests will wear a hat made of human hair. Dimensions (49” x 42” robe); (35” x 26” skirt); (106” x 3” belt); (118” x 9 ½” scarf), $3900 full costume
Dragon Robe (front), Shaman Priest’s Costume, complete outfit; Robe, Skirt, Belt, (Scarf – see next image), Vietnam, Tao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery

Worn by shaman priests for all ceremonies. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man’s place in the hierarchical order. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and child rearing, men gradually replaced women as shaman but the sacred costume remained the same. This type of headpiece/scarf (image below) is worn by postulant or newly ordained shaman. High level priests will wear a hat made of human hair. Dimensions
(49” x 42” robe); (35” x 26” skirt); (106” x 3” belt); (118” x 9 ½” scarf – below), $3900 full costume.

Shaman's Ritual Costume Headscarf (from full costume - see above image), Shaman Priest's Costume, complete outfit; Robe, Skirt, Belt and Scarf, Vietnam, Tao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery. Worn by shaman/priests for all ceremonies. (118” x 9 ½” scarf)
Shaman’s Ritual Costume Headscarf (from full costume – see above image)

 

Shaman Hat, Vietnam, Feng Yuan Fa people, Late 19th c, Human hair, pigment, Hats are a crucial part of the shaman's costume. Hats made from human hair are worn only by high level priests. Postulants and newly ordained shaman wear a cotton and silk head scarf. Human hair strands are twisted together to make thicker ones, dyed dark brown and woven into patterns. They are very difficult to make but are durable and last a long time. The symbol for good luck symbol is woven into the front of the hat and the shaman’s name into back. 9” x 10” x 2”, $675
Shaman Hat, Vietnam, Feng Yuan Fa people, Late 19th c, Human hair, pigment

Hats are a crucial part of the shaman’s costume. Hats made from human hair are worn only by high level priests. Postulants and newly ordained shaman wear a cotton and silk head scarf. Human hair strands are twisted together to make thicker ones, dyed dark brown and woven into patterns. They are very difficult to make but are durable and last a long time. The symbol for good luck symbol is woven into the front of the hat and the shaman’s name into back. 9” x 10” x 2”, $675.

Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (back), Vietnam, Late 19th to early 20th c, Dao Lan-Tien people, Early 20th century, Cotton dyed with local indigo, hand embroidered with silk, (dyed with very difficult to obtain, European dyes - indicating an exceptional piece. Worn only by high level shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. *more detailed information available. 45” x 26”, $2900.
Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (back), Vietnam, Late 19th to early 20th c, Dao Lan-Tien people, Early 20th century, Cotton dyed with local indigo, hand embroidered with silk

Worn only by high level shaman. The use of expensive and difficult to obtain brighter European dyes indicates an exceptional piece. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man’s place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. *more detailed information available. 45” x 26”, $2900. (front view below) SOLD

Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (back), Vietnam, Late 19th to early 20th c, Dao Lan-Tien people, Early 20th century, Cotton dyed with local indigo, hand embroidered with silk. Worn only by high level shaman. The use of expensive and difficult to obtain brighter European dyes indicates an exceptional piece. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. *more detailed information available. 45” x 26”, $2900. 
Dragon Robe Ritual Costume, Front view of previous Robe.

 

Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’ Wand Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, San Diu people, Early to mid 20th c, Wood with red pigment, patinated with use and age. Pan Hung is a Taoist mythical, composite beast: Dragon, Tiger, Dog. This particular wand is dominantly Dragon It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits - especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. The slot on the underside is for mounting on a wall when not in use. 3” x 1” x 8”, $375.
Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’ Wand, Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, San Diu people, Early to mid 20th c, Wood with red pigment

Pan Hung is a Taoist mythical, composite beast, usually a varied mixture of Dragon, Tiger and Dog. This particular wand is dominantly Dragon. It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits – especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. The slot on the underside is for mounting on a wall when not in use. 3” x 1” x 8”, $375.

Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’, Wand, Vietnam, Black Yao people, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, pigment, patinated with use and age. Pan Hung is a varied mythical, composite beast: Dragon, Tiger, Dog. It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits - especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. (small - Early 20th c, 2 ½” x 1 ¾” x 5”, $340.); (large - Mid 20th c, 3 ½” x 1 ½” x 6 ¼”, $240.) ,
Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’, Wand, Vietnam, Black Yao people, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, pigment

Pan Hung is a varied mythical, composite beast: Dragon, Tiger, Dog. It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits – especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. (small – Early 20th c, 2 ½” x 1 ¾” x 5”, $340.); (large – Mid 20th c, 3 ½” x 1 ½” x 6 ¼”, $240.)

Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’ Cat Wand, Northern Vietnam, Tay people, Mid to late 19th c. Wood with smooth patina from use and age. Pan Hung is a Taoist mythical, varied, composite beast: Dragon, Tiger, Dog. It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits - especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. 2 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 4”, $190.
Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’ Cat Wand, Northern Vietnam, Tay people, Mid to late 19th c, Wood with smooth patina from use and age

Pan Hung is a Taoist mythical, varied, composite beast: Dragon, Tiger, Dog. It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits – especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. 2 ¼” x 1 ¼” x 4”, $190. SOLD

Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’ Wand Dong Hy district, Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam Nung people, Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood, pigment, patinated with use and age, Pan Hung is a Taoist mythical, composite beast: Dragon, Tiger, Dog This particular wand is dominantly Dragon. It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits, especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. The slot on the underside is for mounting on a wall when not in use. 3 ¾” x 1 14” x 18”, $800.
Shaman’s ‘Pan Hung’ Wand, Dong Hy district, Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, Nung people, Late 19th to early 20th c, Wood, pigment

Pan Hung is a Taoist mythical, composite beast: Dragon, Tiger, Dog. This particular wand is dominantly Dragon. It is typically used for calling spiritual powers and for fending off evil spirits, especially at funeral rites, and to wave over items to be burned as offerings to the ancestors. The slot on the underside is for mounting on a wall when not in use. 3 ¾” x 1 14” x 18”, $800.

Sacred Unicorn (Kỳ lân) Panel (rare), Vietnam, Bac Ninh province, Mid 19th c, Red cotton textile with hand embroidered silk and precious-metal-wrapped thread. One of the four sacred animals, the unicorn symbolizes purity, happiness and wealth. If the unicorn appears, many good things will happen. It is often hung over the altar table in pagodas, temples or in homes of traditional families. Its strength and faithful nature are desirable for guarding temples and places of worship. Almost all of these pieces from this time period are portrayed in blue, cream and metallic color schemes. Because of its coloring, this panel is unusual and particularly desirable. 15 ½” x 17 ½” x ¾”, $590.
Sacred Unicorn (Kỳ lân) Panel (rare), Vietnam, Bac Ninh province, Mid 19th c, Red cotton textile with hand embroidered silk and precious-metal-wrapped thread

One of the four sacred animals, the unicorn symbolizes purity, happiness and wealth. If the unicorn appears, many good things will happen. It is often hung over the altar table in pagodas, temples or in homes of traditional families. Its strength and faithful nature are desirable for guarding temples and places of worship. Almost all of these pieces from this time period are portrayed in blue, cream and metallic color schemes. Because of its coloring, this panel is unusual and particularly desirable. 15 ½” x 17 ½” x ¾”, $590.

Zhu Zhong Fan, Shaman Priest Altar Figures, Vietnam, Yao people, Mid to late 19th c, Wood, pigment, Kept in Shaman’s home. Part of necessary items to contact spirit world. Every shaman has a set of three called, Zhu Zhong Fan figures. The 3 are: To Sai - ancestor shaman priest figure; Nyut Hung - seated Mandarin or God figure; and Khong Zhao - a protecting officer or messenger to the gods. He is always mounted and brandishing a sword or pennant. They are only sacred when once they are gifted with a soul. A ceremony is performed calling for the deity or ancestor to enter the figure. A piece of silver and some threads are placed in a secret hole in the back and sealed up. This is where the soul resides. When the figure is given away or sold the silver is removed rendering the figure inert and no longer sacred. (left - 'Nyut Hung' figure, 8” x 4 ¼” x 2 ½”, $650); (middle - 'Khong Zhao' figure, 11” x 4” x 6 ¾”, $900.); (right - 'To Sai' figure,7” x 3 ¼” x 2 ½”, $650)
Zhu Zhong Fan, Shaman Priest Altar Figures, Vietnam, Yao people, Mid to late 19th c, Wood, pigment

Kept in a Shaman’s home. Part of the items required to contact the spirit world. Every shaman has a set of three ‘Zhu Zhong Fan’ figures. They are: ‘To Sai’ – an ancestor shaman priest figure; ‘Nyut Hung’ – a seated Mandarin or God figure; and ‘Khong Zhao’ – a protecting officer or messenger to the gods. He is always mounted and brandishing a sword or pennant. They are only sacred once they are gifted with a soul. A ceremony is performed calling for the deity or ancestor to enter the figure. A piece of silver and some threads are placed in a secret hole in the back and sealed up. This is where the soul resides. When the figure is given away or sold the silver is removed rendering the figure inert and no longer sacred. (left – ‘Nyut Hung’ figure, 8” x 4 ¼” x 2 ½”, $650); (middle – ‘Khong Zhao’ figure, 11” x 4” x 6 ¾”, $900.); (right – ‘To Sai’ figure,7” x 3 ¼” x 2 ½”, $650).

Shaman's Costume Tunic and Belt, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th c, Cotton, indigo, silk embroidery, Worn only by high level shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. *more information available. 47” x 27 ½” x 3”, $3100.
Shaman’s Costume Tunic and Belt, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th c, Cotton, indigo, silk embroidery

Worn only by high level shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man’s place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. *more information available. 47” x 27 ½” x 3”, $3100.

Shamanic Belt with full set of 12 Handkerchiefs, Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province, Vietnam, Tight Trouser Dao people, Early to mid 20th c. Cotton, hand embroidered with silk. Worn by shaman while performing religious rituals. A complete belt would have a minimum of 12 handkerchiefs (embroidered squares). The belt is passed down through generations, revealing its history. If a shaman has two sons or apprentices, he will spit the belt and the new shaman’s wife will make the other necessary handkerchiefs. 75” x 18” x 2 ½”, $775.
Shamanic Belt with 12 Handkerchiefs, Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province, Vietnam, Tight Trouser Dao people, Early to mid 20th c, Cotton, hand embroidered with silk

Worn by shaman while performing religious rituals. A complete belt would have a minimum of 12 handkerchiefs (embroidered squares). The belt is passed down through generations, revealing its history. If a shaman has two sons or apprentices, he will spit the belt and the new shaman’s wife would make the other necessary handkerchiefs. Several generations are represented in this belt. 75” x 18” x 2 ½”, $775.

Handkerchief/Panel from a Shamanic Belt, Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province, Vietnam, Tight Trouser Dao people Early to mid 20th c, Cotton, hand embroidered with silk, Worn by shaman while performing religious rituals. A complete belt would have a minimum of 12 squares (handkerchiefs). The belt is passed down through generations, revealing its history. If a shaman has two sons or apprentices, he will spit the belt and the new shaman’s wife will make the other necessary handkerchiefs. $75. to $90.
Handkerchief/Panel from a Shamanic Belt, Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province, Vietnam, Tight Trouser Dao people, Early to mid 20th c, Cotton, hand embroidered with silk

Worn by shaman while performing religious rituals. A complete belt would have a minimum of 12 squares (handkerchiefs). The belt is passed down through generations, revealing its history. $75. to $90.

Shaman's Personal Knife and Sheath, Vietnam, Yao people Late 19th c, Metal, horn, wood, 10” x 1 ½” x 1”, $580.
Shaman’s Personal Knife and Sheath, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th c, Metal, horn

Used in sacred rituals. 10” x 1 ½” x 1”, $580.

Shaman Medicine Flask, Thailand/Vietnam, Yao people, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo, For medicine used in healing rituals, 10” x 4” x 2 ½”, $420.
Shaman Medicine Flask, Thailand/Vietnam, Yao people, Early to mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo

To carry medicinal remedies used in healing rituals, 10” x 4” x 2 ½”, $420.

Shaman Printing Block, Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Mid 20th c, Printing blocks are important shaman tools for creating talismans and ghost money to burn as offerings to deities. They were stamped on paper or on envelopes to mark the contents as holy. (Top - 2 ¼” x ½’ x 5’, $110.); (Bottom, 1 ¾” x 6 ¼” x 1”, $90.)
Shaman Printing Block, Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Mid 20th c.

Printing blocks are important shaman tools for creating talismans and ghost money to burn as offerings to deities. They were stamped on paper or on envelopes to mark the contents as holy. (Top – 2 ¼” x ½’ x 5’, $110.); (Bottom, 1 ¾” x 6 ¼” x 1”, $90.) see image below for example of a print

Shamanic Print - Flying Horse, Vietnam, Thai Nguyen province San Diu people, Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade *Do paper from a hand carved, wooden shamanic printing block The print would be burned for carting a message to deities for protecting people against evil spirits. *Do is made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae This one is for a variety of ceremonies: initiation of a shaman; fending off evil spirits; building a house or farm structure, 6 ¼” x 7 ¼” x ¾”, sold
Shamanic Print – Flying Horse, Vietnam, Thai Nguyen province, San Diu people, Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade ‘Do’ paper

Print from a hand carved shamanic printing block (see previous image). The print would be burned for carrying a message to deities for protecting people against evil spirits. ‘Do’ paper is made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae tree. This one is for a variety of ceremonies: initiation of a shaman; fending off evil spirits; building a house or farm structure, 6 ¼” x 7 ¼” x ¾”, SOLD

Shamanic Print - Man Loading a Horse, Vietnam, Thai Nguyen province, San Diu people Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade *Do paper from a hand carved, wooden shamanic printing block. The print would be burned for carting a message to deities for protecting people against evil spirits. *Do is made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae. This print is for worshiping the stars in an effort to relieve someone’s run of bad luck, 7” x 10 ¾” x ¾”, sold
Shamanic Print – Man Loading a Horse, Vietnam, Thai Nguyen province, San Diu people,Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade ‘Do’ paper

This print is for worshiping the stars in an effort to relieve someone’s run of bad luck, 7” x 10 ¾” x ¾”, SOLD

Shamanic Print - Tiger, Vietnam Dao Lo Gang people, Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade *Do paper from a hand carved, wooden shamanic printing block The print would be burned for carting a message to deities for protecting people against evil spirits. *Do is made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae. 8” x 12” x ¾”, $55.
Shamanic Print – Tiger, Vietnam, Dao Lo Gang people, Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade ‘Do’ paper, 8″ x 12″ x 3/4″, $55.

 

Shamanic Print, Man with Horse / Man with Bird, Vietnam, Hoa Binh province,Dao Quan Chet people, Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade *Do paper from a shamanic hand carved printing block. The print would be burned for carting a message to deities for protecting people against evil spirits. *Do is made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae The print would be burned for carting a message to deities for protecting people against evil spirits 7” x 10 ¾” x ¾”, $55.
Shamanic Print, Man with Horse / Man with Bird, Vietnam, Hoa Binh province,Dao Quan Chet people, Contemporary, Pigment printed on handmade paper, 7″ x 10 3/4″ x 3/4″, $55.

 

Shaman’s Stamp ‘Chop’, Northern Thailand, Mid to late 20th c, Wood, pigment, Important tool for a shaman. They are unique to a particular shaman and used as a mark of authenticity. They would be placed on a message from one shaman to another, to the deities or into the shaman’s book. $50./$60. each, Dimensions left to right: (left -2 ¾” x 2 ¼” x 3 ½”, $60.); (middle - 2 ¾” x 2” x 2 ¾”, $50.); (right - 2 ¾” x 1 ¾” x 2 ¾”, $50.)
Shaman’s Personal Stamp ‘Chop’, Northern Thailand, Mid to late 20th c, Wood, pigment

Important tool for a shaman. They are unique to a particular shaman and used as a mark of authenticity. They would be placed on a message from one shaman to another, to the deities or into the shaman’s book. $50./$60. each – Dimensions left to right: (left -2 ¾” x 2 ¼” x 3 ½”, $60.); (middle – 2 ¾” x 2” x 2 ¾”, $50.); (right – 2 ¾” x 1 ¾” x 2 ¾”, $50.)

Shaman Bag, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th to early mid c, Cotton and silk The shaman use this to keep and carry magic ritual items. 8” x 15” x ½”
Shaman Bag, Yao people, Late 19th to early mid c., Cotton and silk

Shaman use a bag or purse to keep and carry magic ritual items. 8” x 15” x ½”, $70.

Shaman Bag, Vietnam, Yao people, Early to mid 20th c, Cotton, Keep and carry magic ritual items, 11” x 17” x ½”, $120.
Shaman Bag, Vietnam, Yao people, Early to mid 20th c, Cotton

Bag or Purse to carry magic ritual items, 11” x 17” x ½”, $120.

Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red (sometimes blue) streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. This coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. Dimensions (left - 15” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”); (right - 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”) $350. each
Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth

These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. The coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. Dimensions (left – 15” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”, $350 SOLD); (right – 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”, $350. SOLD)

Ritual Sword, Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins, darkened patina from use and age An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Used to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword - top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, (left - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (middle - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)
Ritual Sword, Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins

An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Used to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals, but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword – top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, (left – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1” SOLD); (middle – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1” SOLD); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)

Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron, patinated with use and age, Used in rituals to subdue evil forces. (small - 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large - 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)
Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron

 Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron, patinated with use and age, Used in rituals to subdue evil forces. (small – 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large – 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)

Shaman Cloth Vietnam Yao people Early 20th c. Cotton with pigment Ritual use 13” x 14” $190
Shaman’s Amulet Cloth, Vietnam , Yao people, Early 20th c, Cotton with pigment, 13″ x 14′, $190.

 

Shaman Cloth Vietnam Yao people Early 20th c. Cotton with pigment Ritual use 13” x 14” $190
Shaman’s Amulet Cloth, Vietnam , Yao people, Early 20th c., Cotton with pigment, 13″ x 14″, $190.

 

Shaman Cloth Vietnam Yao people Early 20th c. Cotton with pigment Ritual use 13” x 15” $160
Shaman’s Amulet Cloth, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c., Cotton with pigment, 13” x 15”, $160″ 

 

Shaman Cloth Vietnam Late 19th to early 20th c. Cotton Ritual use
Shaman’s Amulet Cloth, Vietnam, Late 19th to early 20th c, Cotton, 36″ x 50″

 

Shaman Costume Belt, Vietnam, Mid 20th c, Cotton, embroidered with silk, glass beads, Part of shaman’s costume. 69 ½” x 3” x 1”, $180
Shaman Costume Belt, Vietnam, Mid 20th c, Cotton, embroidered with silk, glass beads

Part of shaman’s traditional ritual costume. 69 ½” x 3” x 1”, $180. 

Dragon Tunic Ritual Costume, Vietnam, Tight Trouser Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery. Worn only by high level shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. 34” x 24”, $2800
Dragon Tunic Ritual Costume, Vietnam, Tight Trouser Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery

Worn only by high level shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the protection of the universe. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man’s place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. 34” x 24”, $2800.

Shaman Belt, Vietnam, Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton cloth, indigo dye, Part of shaman's costume. 110” x ¾”” x ⅛”, $30
Shaman Costume Belt, Vietnam, Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, indigo

Part of shaman’s traditional costume. 110” x ¾”” x ⅛”, $30.

Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak, Vietnam, (front view) Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, indigo, silk embroidery. Worn only by high level priest/shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the universe for protection. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. 49” x 29”, $2200.
Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (front view), Vietnam, Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, indigo, silk embroidery

Worn only by high level priest/shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the universe for protection. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man’s place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. 49” x 29”, $2200. (see below for back view)

Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (back), Vietnam, Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, indigo, silk embroidery. Worn only by high level priest/shaman. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the universe for protection. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. 49” x 29”, $2200.
Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak, Vietnam, (back view of previous image) Yao people, Mid 20th c, Cotton, indigo, silk embroidery

 

Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (front), Vietnam, Tao people, Early to mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery. Worn only by high level priest/shaman for all ceremonies. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the universe for protection. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. 48” x 39”, $2700.
Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (front), Vietnam, Tao people, Early to mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery – front view, 48″ x 39″, $2700, (see below for back veiw)

 

Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (back), Vietnam, Tao people, Early to mid 20th c, Cotton, silk embroidery. Worn only by high level priest/shaman for all ceremonies. The motif typically includes all the deities of heaven to clothe the shaman in the universe for protection. Not a vain adornment, it is a reminder of man's place in the hierarchical order. Originally a female costume. Long ago shamans were women and men the providers. Not being encumbered by childbirth and rearing, men replaces women as shamans but retained this part of the sacred costume. 48” x 39”, $2700.
Dragon Robe/Ritual Cloak (back view, see previous image for front view)

 

Yin Yang Divination Blocks, Vietnam, Early 20th c, Bamboo, These pairs of blocks are used by shaman to get answers to questions and requests. They are round on the yin side and flat on the yang side. They are thrown like dice. The answer is determined by the configuration of how they land: 1 yin and 1 yang side up = YES; Both the same side up = NO (also typically made of wood or horn) $175 each set. Dimensions: (right - 5” x 1 ¾” x 1 ½”); (left - 4 ¾” x 1 ½” x 1 ½”)
Yin Yang Divination Blocks, Vietnam, Early 20th c, Bamboo

These pairs of blocks are used by shaman to get answers to questions and requests. They are round on the yin side and flat on the yang side. They are thrown like dice. The answer is determined by the configuration of how they land: 1 yin and 1 yang side up = YES; Both the same side up = NO (also typically made of wood or horn) $175 each set. Dimensions: (right – 5” x 1 ¾” x 1 ½”); (left – 4 ¾” x 1 ½” x 1 ½”)

Pages from a Shamanic Book, Vietnam, Cao Lan people, Mid 20th c, Ink and watercolor handwritten on Mulberry paper, It is a book for making astrological predictions using the East Asian zodiac’s twelve animal characters. The text of the book uses images, maps and text to describe in detail, for the learned shaman, how to navigate this complex system of looking into the future. 12” x 17 ¾” x ¾”, $260.
Pages from a Shamanic Book, Vietnam, Cao Lan people, Mid 20th c, Ink and watercolor handwritten on Mulberry paper

It is a book for making astrological predictions using the East Asian zodiac’s twelve animal characters. The text of the book uses images, maps and text to describe in detail, for the learned shaman, how to navigate this complex system of looking into the future. 12” x 17 ¾” x ¾”, $260.

Shaman’s Personal Instruction Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam Red Yao people, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper (tapa), Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and Feng Shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 9 ½” x 8 ½” x ¾”, $850.
Shaman’s Personal Instruction Book, Cao Bang province, Vietnam
Red Yao people, Early 20th c, Ink on handmade mulberry paper

Written in Nom (Chinese characters adapted to Vietnamese), books are an integral part of a shaman’s repertoire. They range from explanations of various rituals and use of objects, to astrology, history, songs, laws, etiquette, children’s tales, hunting practices, formulas, spells and Feng Shui. Shaman make their own books to help store their knowledge therefore no two are alike and a high level shaman will have a large library. 9 ½” x 8 ½” x ¾”, $850.

Shaman's Personal Instructional Book, China, Yunnan Shui people, Early 20th c, Paper, ink, pigment, Scripted by the shaman, on handmade paper, to record all his knowledge and to instruct future shaman, 9” x 6 ¼” 1”, $750.
Shaman’s Personal Instructional Book, China, Yunnan Shui people, Early 20th c, Paper, ink, pigment

Scripted by the shaman, on handmade paper, to record all his knowledge and to instruct future shaman, 9” x 6 ¼” 1”, $750. (see below for inside detail)

Inside detail of Shaman's Personal Instructional Book, China, Yunnan Shui people, Early 20th c, Paper, ink, pigment, Scripted by the shaman, on handmade paper, to record all his knowledge and to instruct future shaman, 9” x 6 ¼” 1”, $750
Inside detail of Shaman’s Personal Instructional Book, China

 

Ceremonial Mask Vietnam/Thailand Early 20th c. Pigment (ink and watercolor) on handmade paper Paper masks are required possessions for shaman. Usually tied to the forehead, they are worn during certain rituals to impersonate deities. A shaman will have a full set of twenty seven. Only female shaman can wear masks of female deities. 11 ¼” x 9 ¾” x ¾” (framed) $240 each
Ceremonial Masks, Vietnam/Thailand, Early 20th c, Pigment (ink and watercolor) on handmade paper

Paper masks are required possessions for shaman. Usually tied to the forehead, they are worn during certain rituals to impersonate deities. A shaman will have a full set of twenty seven. Only female shaman can wear masks of female deities. 11 ¼” x 9 ¾” x ¾” (framed) $240 each

Horn for Drinking Spirits, Vietnam, Nghe An province, Thai people, Mid 20th c, Water Buffalo Horn, (horizontal - 11 ¾” x 2 ¼” x 5”, $160.); (vertical - 12” x 3 ¼” x 2 ¼”, $160.)
Horn for Drinking Spirits, Vietnam, Nghe An province, Thai people, Mid 20th c, Water Buffalo Horn

(horizontal – 11 ¾” x 2 ¼” x 5”, $160.); (vertical – 12” x 3 ¼” x 2 ¼”, $160.)

Shaman Paintings, Thailand Vietnamese, Yap people Mid to late 20th c. Cotton, pigment The shaman derives spiritual power from paintings, who effectively become the deities they represent, and ritual texts that allow him/her to communicate with ancestors, negotiate with unfriendly beings and treat diseases. An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27. An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The many panels including those depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance and imagines them as the real underworld thereby entering Hell and chanting a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. (42"x16", $450 each banner or painting)

Shaman ritual painting, 42″ x 16″, $425.

Shaman Paintings, Thailand Vietnamese, Yap people Mid to late 20th c. Cotton, pigment The shaman derives spiritual power from paintings, who effectively become the deities they represent, and ritual texts that allow him/her to communicate with ancestors, negotiate with unfriendly beings and treat diseases. An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27. An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The many panels including those depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance and imagines them as the real underworld thereby entering Hell and chanting a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. (42"x16", $450 each banner or painting)

Shaman ritual painting, 42″ x 16″, $425.

Shaman Paintings, Thailand Vietnamese, Yap people Mid to late 20th c. Cotton, pigment The shaman derives spiritual power from paintings, who effectively become the deities they represent, and ritual texts that allow him/her to communicate with ancestors, negotiate with unfriendly beings and treat diseases. An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27. An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The many panels including those depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance and imagines them as the real underworld thereby entering Hell and chanting a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. (42"x16", $450 each banner or painting)

Shaman ritual painting, 42″ x 16″, $425.

Shaman Paintings, Thailand Vietnamese, Yap people Mid to late 20th c. Cotton, pigment The shaman derives spiritual power from paintings, who effectively become the deities they represent, and ritual texts that allow him/her to communicate with ancestors, negotiate with unfriendly beings and treat diseases. An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27. An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The many panels including those depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance and imagines them as the real underworld thereby entering Hell and chanting a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. (42"x16", $450 each banner or painting)

Shaman ritual painting, 42″ x 16″, $425.

Shaman Paintings, Thailand Vietnamese, Yap people Mid to late 20th c. Cotton, pigment The shaman derives spiritual power from paintings, who effectively become the deities they represent, and ritual texts that allow him/her to communicate with ancestors, negotiate with unfriendly beings and treat diseases. An essential set of three basic painting panels is the minimum requirement for a a newly initiated shaman. Full sets, required for many rituals, can range from 17 paintings to more than 27. An example of a ritual requiring a full set would be one performed to liberate souls of the dead from Hell to be reborn into Heaven. The many panels including those depicting the 10 Kings of the underworld are hung around the main room of a house. The shaman enters a trance and imagines them as the real underworld thereby entering Hell and chanting a ritual that will save the soul of the recently dead. (42"x16", $450 each banner or painting)

Shaman ritual painting, 42″ x 16″, $425.