Baby Carrier

Object Number:P628
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Borneo
Baram District
Date Made: Before 1897
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: 1897
Mollusk Shell
Seed Pod
Rattan Peel
Height: 29 cm
Width: 36 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898


Baby carrier, for carrying baby on back. Of woven rattan with wooden seat, plaited rattan peel shoulder straps. Inside lined with pink cotton trade cloth. Outside covered with red trade cloth and a panel with the Kayan aso (dragon dog) motif in yellow and black beads. Across the top and down the sides of the beaded panel four large and six small conus shell discs with large yellow beads and short strings of yellow and black beads in the centers. Bunches of dangling charms: seed pods, large snail shells, and small brown snail shells. When the baby's umbilical cord falls off it is placed in one of the large snail shells, which are often attached in pairs for the pleasant noise they make rattling against each other.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

The Dayaks: Peoples of the Borneo Rain Forest (Furness, Hiller, Harrison Borneo Collection) (25 Feb 1989 - 01 Jul 1990) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Davenport, William H. "Selections from the Exhibition: The dayaks: Peoples of the Borneo Rainforest". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 30. no. 1. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 53 (3)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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