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A Pair Of Gold Women’s Earpieces (Saro Dalinga),  Southern Nias  19th Century

A Pair Of Gold Women’s Earpieces (Saro Dalinga)

Southern Nias

19th Century

Gold was hammered into thin delicate ribbed sheets. Women usually wore these smaller pairs in a horizontal position. They are thought to resemble fern fronds and signify vitality and fertility. When worn by men they tend to be larger and only one earring is worn in a vertical position in the right ear only. (Gaule)

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Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago Anne Richter and Bruce W Carpenter p. 406 - 407