gable ornament

Carved and painted gable ornament, kenyalang, in the form of a wooden figure of hornbill. Long beak, predominantly painted white, legs bent with claws carved as though grasping a branch (and done so the figure should stand), long top head spiral painted red, back head crest of ornate openwork multi-coloured carved circle, tail of three main feathers side by side, with the projecting tail formed of two (one large, below) separate pieces of carved wood (underside not painted), wings painted with three feathers, and the projecting end of each wing a separate piece of carved wood, jointed and nailed on. The mainly blue-green body of the hornbill has a vertical hole drilled through.

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