Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection 雪月藏亞洲藝術珍品
July 28, 02:40 AM GMT
22,000 - 24,000 HKD
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection
A Nias gold filigree double-spiral ear ornament, fondruru ana'a
North Sumatra, Indonesian archipelago, 19th century
十九世紀 印尼群島 北蘇門答臘尼亞斯島 金纍絲花卉紋耳飾
7.9 cm, 19.7 grams
Mountainous Nias island is situated to the West of Sumatra, and the jewellery of the Nias people is among the most visually striking and unique in Indonesia. Those made of gold, in particular, are highly symbolic and ritualistic, emphasizing the wearer's hierarchy and noble status.
The wearing of gold jewellery was forbidden before Owasa feasts - the feasts of merit to raise the rank of a person - which could only be held after a family accumulated sufficient amounts of jewellery.
These fondruru ana'a earrings were worn singly on the right ear by men and in pairs by women. Earrings for men were usually made of gold.