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1909 Print Sarawak Dayak Woman Borneo Mourning Ring Gronong Rattan Nude XGDB7

1909 Print Sarawak Dayak Woman Borneo Mourning Ring Gronong Rattan Nude XGDB7

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This is an original 1909 black and white halftone print of a Sarawak Dayak woman in Borneo. She is wearing what the caption indicates is a "mourning ornament" which was actually called a gronong. Made of rattan and brass rings, the Dayak women would wear these at all times, some would have such a large amount that the gronongs would resemble a corset.

The Dayak people are an indigenous culture of some infamy in Borneo. Their reputation for fierceness comes from a history of headhunting. However, this practice fell to the history books as Christianity and Islam overtook the animistic religions of Borneo. Then, in the late 1990's, the resentment of loss of land and culture shook the Dayak people into beginning the practice against the Madurese who had moved to the region.


This 102+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. Light moisture wrinkling.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4 x 7.5 inches; 10 x 19 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, skirt, tapa cloth, necklace, breast, indigenous