Door with protective symbols (baa betamen)

early 20th century

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

Among the Kayan and other Dyak peoples of Borneo, an elaborately carved door indicated aristocratic status within the traditional longhouse. Mythical creatures signifying protection emanate from the handle of this elegantly carved example.


  • Title: Door with protective symbols (baa betamen)
  • Date Created: early 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 44 x 20 1/2 x 3 in. (111.76 x 52.07 x 7.62 cm)
  • Type: Architectural elements
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3198987/
  • Medium: Wood, brass inserts, and shell disks
  • culture: Kayan people
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Roberta Coke Camp Fund

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