Extraordinary Arrow quiver from Borneo
A SYMBOL OF FULFILMENT
This striking piece is a traditional quiver called Tolor, made with ancient techniques by local artisans on the island of Borneo. It's the only piece of its kind in our collection today.
Tolors were used by Dayak tribes to hold blowpipe darts for hunting animals. The body of the quiver is made with a bamboo tube and at the top a carved ironwood lid which was essential to protect the hunters from the darts that were dipped in strong plant poisons to stun prey. A long clip carved from ironwood and fastened to the bamboo tube with plaited rattan was used to attach the quiver to the hunter’s belt.
On Borneo, hunting was associated with physical and spiritual dangers, so the clips were often decorated with the motif of a guardian dragon to protect the hunter against misfortune and evil spirits.