Pair of ceremonial mosquito net hangers, Indonesia, 1801-1930

1801-1930 in Indonesia

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Pair of ceremonial mosquito net hangers from East Java, or Madura, probably 19th to 20th centuries

These wooden mosquito net hangers are carved in the form of a dragon and are gilded. They were probably used over a bed or a seating area. The mosquito net hangers were made and used in East Java or Madura in southern Indonesia. Mosquitoes carry a number of diseases but their role in transmitting malaria was identified in 1898 by Ronald Ross (1857–1932), a British bacteriologist.


Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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Hanger 2: 304 mm x 250 mm x 78 mm, .8 kg
Hanger 1: 303 mm x 260 mm x 80 mm, .74 kg
Christie's Amsterdam, B.V.

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