Taiwan is considered to be the cradle of the Austronesian migration that took place about 5,000 years ago, scattering early seafarers to many parts of Oceania. The Paiwan people live in the mountainous interior of the south of Taiwan. They are culturally very similar to the other Austronesians, having a society that is stratified into a hereditary noble class and commoners. Paiwan art is predominantly two-dimensional, with very few sculptures or utilitarian objects carved in the round. This beautiful power container is a rare exception. The top of the container features the head of a nobleman, his status emphasized by the brass-studded outline of a snake, an image reserved for noble families. The lower portion of the container shows two rows of human (ancestor) figures embellished with brass studs.