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Mamuli earring or pendant, brass. Roughly diamond-shaped with a slit at the base leading to a circular aperture at the centre. A foot at each side of the base with figures under a parasol. In the past mamuli were made of gold. Plain mamuli were given by wife-takers to wife-givers as bridewealth gifts, while more decorated mamuli were kept as sacred house altar objects. Now they are used by girl dancers in Lauli and Anakalang, sometimes worn in one earlobe and sometimes suspended round the neck by a chain. Sumba, Indonesia.



1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  earring
object name:  earring

Sumba, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made:  Sumba 
Date made
20th century
Additional date information
date made:  20th century 

Materials & techniques
Additional material & technique information
material: brass (overall)
overall: 160 mm x 163 mm x 35 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 160 mm x 163 mm x 35 mm

previous owner:  Savage, Richard  Undefined - 1993
donor:  Humm, Dawn  1993 - 2012-03-22

Further reading
Richter, Anne. 2000. Jewelry of Southeast Asia. London: Thames & Hudson (discusses similar)

Related subjects
object name: earrings
material: brass

Record created 2012-02-15 by AGOODMAN
Record last updated 2017-04-20 by XGVIEWS

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