The longhouse is a large communal dwelling comprising up to 50 rooms. As the most important Dayak dwelling structure, long houses are typically decorated with images of spirits carved in relief or sometimes in the round, like this Aso (‘dragon’) finial. The work of a master carver, this superb Aso flows beautifully with the shape of the architectural element. The animal has an imposing head, which is turned to its back, sinuous body and graceful dragon-like tail, The overall form of this Aso recalls the dragons images of early Chinese bronzes (see last photo). A similar example is in the Barbier-Mueller collection(Islands and Ancestors, page 245).