Man's Earring Duri Duri
with Phallic Projections 

Batak People, Sumatra

Gold-plated Silver

19th/early 20th Century

1.75 in/4.5 cm  22.7 grams

A single symmetric earring with duri duri (thorn) projections, which may be interpreted as phallic, worn by a man or found on certain statues. This gold gilt silver heirloom features an omega shape architecture akin to the mamuli form of Sumba and the ling lingo of the northern Philippines long understood to represent the female sex and thereby make reference to fertility.