Ceremonial vest with shells

This vest comes from the Maloh people in West Kalimantan, Borneo. It is decorated with small cowrie shells. Ornaments applied to the garments of the Maloh people include precious heirlooms as well as foreign curiosities such as beads, Dutch coins and brass bells. Maloh garments often depict human figures which represent ancestor spirits.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
West Kalimantan, Borneo
Dimension
Object size: L 50.5 x W 46
Accession No.
1997-04595
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Garments and Accessories