Single Archaic-Style Earring 30992

Tanimbar, Indonesia


19th Century or earlier
1.75x2.5 in/4x6 cm 

An archaic bronze earring from one of the Tanimbar islands, solid cast and of Bronze Age sensibility. This monumental earring contrasts with the fine filigree style of Muslim origin that influenced many other tribal forms of jewelry. This object can easily be 500 years old and would have been passed down as an heirloom through the generations.