Boat symbolism occurs through island Southeast Asia in marking life’s many transitions. This boat is associated with the transition of the soul into the next life and is suitably decorated with a hornbill, a potent symbol of the upper world of spirits. The minimalist form of the carving gives this soul boat an archaic elegance. See R. Maxwell, Life, Death, and Magic: 2000 Years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art (p. 185) for another example of a hornbill soul boat in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Ex. Davide Manfredi.