Tolor (quiver)

Tolor or Telenga is a traditional quiver in which the Dayak hunters carry the poisonous darts for Sumpit (blow-pipe), originating from Borneo.[1]

A Tolor, pre-1887.
Place of originBorneo (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia)
Service history
Used byDayak people


The Tolor is made of a piece of bamboo. Among its myriad uses, bamboo makes an excellent cylindrical container. This bamboo quiver was made to carry the slender darts for a Dayak hunter's blowpipe. As these darts were often treated with plant poison, they had to be carefully protected.[2] A partition between the segments forms the bottom. The lid is likewise made of a similar piece of which a partition forms the upper part, or is made of wood in the form of a cone or a semi-circular upper side. A wooden girdle hook is attached to the quiver by means of woven strips of rattan.[3] The forked stick bound with plaited rattan to the base of the quiver was hooked through the hunter's belt for carrying.

See also


  1. Johannes Salilah, A. H. Klokke (1998). Traditional Medicine Among The Ngaju Dayak In Central Kalimantan: The 1935 Writings of A Former Ngaju Dayak Priest. Borneo Research Council. ISBN 0-9629568-7-2.
  2. Christina Sumner, Milton E. Osborne (2001). Arts of Southeast Asia: From The Powerhouse Museum Collection. Powerhouse Pub. ISBN 1-86317-085-5.
  3. Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.

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