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Patong
TK1999
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The discovery of the sculpture shows that animism was practiced in Brunei Darussalam. The tradition of making such sculptures was not common in Brunei after Islamic religion arrived in the early 15th Century. Since then sculptures resembling a human form are forbidden. Similar handicraft however is still common in many places throughout Borneo.

History of the Object
This patong is part of a rare collection of wooden sculptures from the 11th-13th Century, which was based on the dating of Chinese Song ceramics found together with the sculpture.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
wood 
Measurements
Width 8.15 cm. Height 15.3 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Brunei; Brunei Darussalam 
Geography
Brunei 
Time period
AD 11th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
11th Century -13th Century 
Function
The sculpture is probably associated with animist belief, usually practiced by indigenous tribes in Borneo. Its purpose is healing or it functions as an amulet to bring good luck, good health, good harvests, wealth and good hunting. 
Acquisition
Discovered at Terusan Kupang, Brunei Darussalam during an archaeological research in October 1999 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of Brunei Museums Department. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Brunei Museums Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Brunei Darussalam 
Museum
Brunei Museum 
Credit line
Brunei Museums Department, Brunei Darussalam 

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