5.) Pendant Earring Sumba Mamuli Jewelry Body Ornament Tribal Indonesia Artifact

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Medium large Sumba artifact / pendant earring, intricate silver alloy Female Genital Mamuli of extravagant concept; two cocks decorating the bases in realistic gesture. A sacred treasure object, not a simple ornament or marriage exchange gift.

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Published on:13/06/2019


SKU: AT01278 Category:
Description

Description

pendant earring

Stand included. Circa 1960.

Height with stand: 14 cm / 5.5 inches
Mamuli (H x W): 10.5 x 9.5 cm / 4.1 x 3.7 inches

Weight: 100 grams
After packing: 0.3 kg / 0.6 lb

Social functional level such Mamuli are lavish prestige objects(pendant and earring). In earlier times the Sumbanese practiced artificial elongation of the earlobes. Thus, mamuli were worn as ear ornaments, but today they are hung around the neck as pendants or attached to garments. The overall forms of mamuli represent stylized 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, which, in the finest examples, are embellished with minute figures of humans, animals, or other subjects.

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