Beaded Bag, Timor

West/Central Timor (Belu?)
Cloth, beads, horsehair
circa early 20th century
Dimensions: 15 cm x 13 cm x 12 cm; 6″ x 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ (fringe)
Ex Anthony F. Granucci collection
Published: Art of the Lesser Sundas, 2005

This bag is covered with a pattern in beads which conveys a sense of anthropomorphic figures linked together, representing the ancestral lines of descent. The lining of the bag is made from remnant cloth. Dangling from the bottom of the bag are pieces of horsehide and hair, ranging in color from light red to brown. The strap is made of a long length of embroidered cloth sewn to the body of the bag.

Price on request

Insulinde Indonesian Arts