Untitled Print of a Sibau Mobang – Kell (1881)



Description: Antique print, untitled. This plate shows a Sibau Mobang, Chief of Dayak Cannibals of Borneo, Indonesia. Carl Bock made his expedition to east- and south Borneo in order of Governor-General Van Lansberghe. Bock’s task was to write an account of the various Dayak tribes living in the interior of the area. Little was known about these ‘savages’ — who firmly rejected Dutch authority — apart from the fact that they were head-hunters, some even cannibals. Carl Bock passed through areas never before penetrated by Europeans.


From the first Dutch edition of ‘Reis in Oost- en Zuid Borneo van Koetei naar Banjermassin’ by Carl Bock, published 1881..

Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘C. F. Kell’ after ‘Carl Bock’. Carl Alfred Bock (1849 – 1932) was a Norwegian government official, author, naturalist and explorer.

  • Date: 1881
  • Technic: Lithograph on Wove paper.
  • Overall size: 8,7 x 11,4 inch
  • Image size: 6,1 x 8,5 inch
  • Condition: Good, given age. A few tiny spots in the margins. Some minor crinkles. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • PartNumber: PCT-58722
  • Storage Location: BG-B6-39 Iscra
  • Price: 124,5 Euro / 145 USD / 2.120.000 IDR