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Product > Antiques > AT0928 5.) RARE GOLD SUMBA MAMULI Jewelry Body Ornament Earring Pendant Jewel STUNNING

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5.) RARE GOLD SUMBA MAMULI Jewelry Body Ornament Earring Pendant Jewel STUNNING





Code:
AT0928

Price:
USD 1350.00


Shipping Price: USD 20.00


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Posted: 27th May 13
Updated: 26th Sep 14

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Product Description:

AT 0928 An extravagant medium large GOLD Mamuli fit for a Sumba king and the rich: two men with movable limbs, armed with lances and shields, decorates the base in realistic warlike poses.

Not a simple ornament or marriage exchange gift.

At a social functional level such Mamuli are lavish prestige objects of a privileged class able to amass a huge wealth, thanks in part to well-timed political alliances in the era of trade in horses with the Dutch.

Stand included.

Circa 1960. Height with stand: 12 cm / 4.7 inches Mamuli H x W: 9.5 x 8.5 cm / 3.7 x 3.3 inches Weight: 0.1 kg / 0.2 lb After packing: 0.5 kg / 1.1 lb Gold and Silver Alloy ornaments play a central role in marapu, the indigenous religion of the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia, which continues today.

In earlier times, when 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.

This exquisitely detailed mamuli depicts warriors clad in turbans and loincloths brandishing swords and shields as they stride boldly forward accompanied by smaller figures, who appear in attitudes of supplication. I will ship via Registered Mail, 14 working days worldwide, insurance included.



  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  




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