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A Bronze Marangga, East Nusa Tenggara West Sumba Regency, Indonesia 19th Century

A Bronze Marangga

East Nusa Tenggara West Sumba Regency, Indonesia

19th Century

Height: 21cm
Length: 21cm

These rare and highly revered objects were never exposed to sunlight, unless being used in rituals. A marangga of this size would have been part of a noble treasury and was an expression of his status, lineage and veneration for his ancestors. The form first seen in small pre-classical pieces found in Java from the 4 – 6th Century reached their peak in size and weight during the 18 – 19th Century. Some in gold, some in bronze depending on their wealth and status.

“Photo’s from the 1930 show the proud nobility of the village of Anakalang displaying scores of pieces hung out on bamboo poles.” (1)

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The Metropolitan Museum

Purchase, Muriel Kallis Newman Gift, In memory of Kathleen H. Newton and Rogers Fund 1988 .1988.166

Gift of the James and Elaine Connell Collection

Department: Southeast Asian Art. Asian Art Museum San Francisco 2012.


(1) Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago Anne Richter and Bruce W Carpenter p 153