A ‘kalabubu’ was always worn by men and was once restricted to head hunters and warriors. The circular form is made from coconut disks joined together and finished with either brass or gold terminals. The gold versions of northern Nias known as ‘nifitali-tali’ were exclusively worn by high ranking men on festive occasions such as the owasa feast. In difference to those from northern Nias which are finished with gold, the southern examples like this one were finished with brass.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2015
highly polished discs of coconut shells with three brass rings and brass clasp
22.0 cm diam.
Gift of Christopher Worrall Wilson 2010
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
A fine possession: jewellery and identity, Powerhouse Museum, Australia, 24 Sep 2014–20 Jun 2016