Padung Padung pair of Phallic Earrings

Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia


19th/early 20th Century
6x6.5 in/15x16.5 cm 


Padung Padung, massive silver phallic-form earrings worn by Batak women. The earrings were so heavy that they had to be supported by a turban. Most Indonesian tribal jewelry reflects either male or female sexual symbols but none on this magnificent scale.