Mamuli are body ornament. It is a lavish prestige objects at a social function own by privileged class in Asia.
This body ornament made of gold and silver plays an important role in marapu. It is the indigenous religion of the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia.
When the Sumbanese practiced elongation of the earlobes, mamuli were worn as ear body ornament. However, today they are hung around the neck as pendants or attached to garments.
The mamuli body ornaments have a shape which represents the female genitalia. Symbolizing the woman as the giver of life. Hence, it is the most important Sumbanese precious metal valuables. Therefore, it is seen as heirloom objects body ornament which served in important exchange rituals.
Mamuli are also seen as sacred relics which is usually found and kept in the clan leader’s treasuries. this body ornament are seen as a powerful relic to communicate with the spirits of the ancestors. This body ornament are rarely removed from their container because their power are believed to kill onlookers or cause natural disasters. As grave goods, mamuli accompany the soul to the land of the dead.
Height with stand: 22 cm / 8.7 inches
Mamuli H x W: 14 x 17.5 cm / 5.5 x 6.9 inches
Weight: 0.3 kg / 0.66 lb
After packing: 1 kg / 2.2 lb
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