Ornament with figurehead

This pendant features the face of a stylised human or deity figure.The decorative protrusions of this pendant were created in sheet gold by hammering and beating, a method known as repoussé. Gold and gold ornaments were obtained through trading items such as sandalwood, horses and pearls. Jewellery was an indication of status and usually owned by aristocratic families.

Date/Period
19th century
Region
Southeast Maluku
Dimension
Object size: 5.0 x 5.2 x 0.7 cm
Accession No.
2002-00672
Material
Gold
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr.Edmond Chin
Category
Gold