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Sebop Door/Aban Jau's Door
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This fascinating piece of wooden structure contains both ethnographic Kenyah carvings and Arabic inscriptions used by the Malay. The inscription translates to this, “This place is the door of Tama Long, the rajah who holds power in Tinjar district, controlling all trade”. Tama Long was a Kenyah chief descended from Ulu Tinjar. He was also known by another name, Aban Jau. The practical inner door itself is relatively small and fitted above floor level. It’s small size forces visitors to unintentionally bow respectfully when entering the longhouse. It is carved with powerful figures for spiritual protection. Figures such as the guardian Bali’ Gau, the god of thunder, and the Bali’ Dayong, spiritual helpers.

History of the Object
Carvings and paintings on doors often denote aristocracy. The door was presented as a gift to Charles Hose, a British Officer, by Aban Jau’s granddaughter. It was then given to the Sarawak Museum in 1934.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Tapang (koompassia excelsa) or ironwood. 
Measurements
Overall Frame - Height: 216 cm, Width: 175 cm 
Creator name
 
Creator date
 
Where it was made
Long Batan, Ulu Tinjar, Baram District, Sarawak 
Geography
Malaysian Borneo 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Entrance to a longhouse. 
Acquisition
Charles Hose, a British officer gave it to the Sarawak Museum in 1934. 
Copyright
Creative Commons, CC. 
Acknowledgements
Peter Metcalf, Loh Chee Yin - Sarawak Gazettle 1971. 
Owner
Sarawak State Government 
Museum
Sarawak Museum 
Credit line
Photo Credit: Brad Flowers 

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