4.) Vintage Sumba Mamuli Old Pendant Jewelry Body Ornament Earring Tribal Jewel

$395.00

Sumba artifact or old pendant, intricate silver alloy Female Genital Mamuli of extravagant concept, two cocks decorating the bases in realistic gesture. Stand included. Circa 1960.

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Published on:13/06/2019


SKU: AT01277 Category:
Description

Description

Old Pendant

Height with stand: 10.5 cm / 4.1 inches
Mamuli (H x W): 9.5 x 13 cm / 3.7 x 5.1 inches

Weight: 60 grams
After packing: 0.3 kg / 0.6 lb

During earlier times the Sumbanese practiced elongation of the earlobes. Mamuli were worn as ear ornaments. However, today they are hung around the neck as pendants or attached to garments. Therefore, the overall forms of mamuli represent female genitalia. However, each is considered either male or female depending on its secondary characteristics. Male mamuli, such as the present work, have flaring bases.

Mamuli is embellished with figures of humans, animals, or other subjects. It is a sacred treasure object and not a simple ornament or marriage exchange gift. Thus, during social functional level, Mamuli are lavish prestige objects similar to old pendant and earring.

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