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


Sumba artifact, 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. At a social functional level such Mamuli are lavish prestige objects(pendant and earring). Stand included. Circa 1960.

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Published on:13/06/2019

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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

In earlier times the Sumbanese practiced artificial elongation of the earlobes, 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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