Heirloom Ornament 30993

Babar Islands, Indonesia

Gold Alloy

19th Century or earlier
3.75x2.75 in/9.5x7 cm 

A gold ornament which may be tied in the ear or suspended with a group of other pieces around the neck of a royal female family member. The "double axe-head form" is similar to gold earrings from Java dating to the 6th Century. The gold came to the Moluccan Barbar islands in exchange for spices, such as pepper, cloves, cinnamon, sandalwood and camphor wood. See comparision with published example in Life, Death and Magic, 2000 Years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art; p 135.