Ritual ear ornament - mamuli
East Sumba, Indonesia
Gold
Circa 19th century
Height: 8 cm; width: 7.5 cm; weight: 53.4 gm
ex-Abdulgani collection

Gold ear ornament of superb quality, with roosters and cockerels standing in a stylized boat, the female overall form indicating a strong connotation with fertility.  Such objects were considered sacred heirloom articles and stored in the attics of ceremonial houses, only to be brought out during important rituals and auspicious occasions.

Price on request

 

Frank Wiggers
Insulinde Indonesian Arts
Insulinde@aol.com

+1-415-488-0599

Frank Wiggers :: Mamuli, East Sumba, Indonesia
Frank Wiggers :: Mamuli, East Sumba, Indonesia
Frank Wiggers :: Mamuli, East Sumba, Indonesia