This is a wood sculpture of the kenyalang from the Iban of Borneo (a group of the Dayak people). Kenyalang is the Iban word for the rhinoceros hornbill ( Buceros rhinoceros ), a large forest bird so named for the pronounced horn-like projection on its beak. Measuring just under 40 inches wide, this sculpture is known as an a nak kenyalang or child kenyalang . Much larger and more elaborate kenyalang sculptures, measuring up to 10 feet wide, were created for several of the principal ceremonies of the Iban associated with headhunting, healing, and the harvest. These smaller sculptures belonged to individual families and were kept in the family units of the Iban longhouse.
Hornbill figure, probably Iban people, Baram district, Kalimantan, Borneo, pre-1896. Collected by William H. Furness, Hiram M. Hiller, and Charles Hose, Alfred Craven Harrison, Jr., Gift of the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1904. PM 04-19-70/63130. © President and Fellows of Harvard College.
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"A unicorn" Woodcut after C. Gessner, Wellcome_V0021193; Vacation activities photo by David M. Barron.
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