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Title

Kalabubu or Headhunter’s necklace


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Southern Nias Indonesia


Media category

Ceremonial object


Materials used

highly polished discs of coconut shells with three brass rings and brass clasp


Dimensions

22.0 cm diam.


Credit

Gift of Christopher Worrall Wilson 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

524.2010



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history