Water Dragon Motif Door 10948

Bidayuh Dayak, Borneo

19th Century or earlier
54 x 25 in/137 x 64 cm

An exceptional rare and early chief's door, Pintu Penghulu, with mythical Water Dragon motif. The naga, is a powerful serpent-dragon associated with water and the Underworld, and one pole of an ancient dualistic system that dates back thousands of years. It is thought in the Austronesian belief system that we come before birth from the Land of the Nagas.