ANTIQUE TRIBAL EARRING (1 Pair) Native Sumba Mamuli Old Jewelry Jewel Ear Weight Body Adornment Artifact

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Antique Tribal Earring | Antique Sumba earrings, made in the Mamuli shape/style(extremely rare), carved from domestic buffalo horn. Original antique condition, no touch up or repair. Circa 1930. Sumba, Indonesia.

Stand included.

Height with stand: 13 cm / 5.1 inches
Earring H x W: 5.5 x 4.5 cm & 5.7 x 4.8 cm / 2.2 x 1.8 & 2.2 x 1.9 inches
Earring thickness: 0.8 & 1.1 cm / 0.3 & 0.4 inch

Weight: 0.15 kg / 0.3 lb
After packing: 0.5 kg / 1.1 lb

Mamuli: 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 m amuli 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.

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Published on:29/07/2018


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