Ear pendants

These are simple ear pendants, called ‘sitepal’, and are not worn as pairs. Jewellery has many different functions in island Southeast Asia, for example it was used to indicate social positions, to symbolise the importance of the social relationship between the giver and the receiver during gift exchanges, and to serve as miniature religious objects.

Date/Period
Late 19th century
Region
North Sumatra
Dimension
refer to parts
Accession No.
2002-00732
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Brass