Wooden mythical dragon carving

These carvings have captured the distinct form of Aso, the Dayak dragon goddess. Dragon imagery in Southeast Asia has often been associated with water and the lower world. The Dayaks believe that this powerful dragon goddess rules the underworld and is guardian of the dead. She oversees the journeys of the dead from one world to the next, and is also associated with both human and agricultural fertility. Due to her extensive realm of influence, Aso appears in the designs of many other Dayak artefacts. These Aso carvings were used as table legs.

Indigenous Name
Aso
Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Sarawak, Borneo
Dimension
Object size: 73.2 x 30.2 x 36.5 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-11588
Material
Wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving