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A Bronze Sanggori, Central Sulawesi, Early 20th Century CE

A Bronze Sanggori

Central Sulawesi

Early 20th Century CE

This sanggori is made of bronze in the shape of a tail that coils around resembling a spiral with ridged decoration. It is worn pointing upward to the right. The placement on the heads of noble males is associated with solar imagery.

These snake-shaped ornaments conferred magical protective powers on the wearer. It was believed they could deflect weapons and evil influences of attacking warriors. They were worn woven into the top of the turbans worn by men or in central Sulawesi these pieces were inserted into the tops of funeral puppets. Women would wear them during the Adat ceremonies.