Tribal Knife Holder
Probably from the Nung people in northeast Vietnam, this finely carved block is attached to a belt and worn at the waist to hold a knife away from the body. Utility knives are routinely carried by most men in the hills. The carving on this one is very good and was originally colored with red and dark green lacquer, but has worn off and is now nicely mellowed, showing the patina of age and use. This is a fine example of the folk arts of this region. Condition is good. 20th century.
Size: 5.25 in. x 2.18 in. x 1 in.