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Title

Golang Tangan (bracelet)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This two-part bronze bracelet would have been cast using the lost wax technique and later polished and joined using a set of clasps and pins. The mythical creature featured, known as a ‘Singa” is constituted in part by an elephant, a snake and a lizard and was believed to protect the wearer and his home. The small receptacle in front of the lizard’s mouth would have contained organic offerings or other metals. Such bracelets symbolised the chief’s prosperity and whilst they usually adorned his right wrist, a wealthier chief might display one on each arm.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2015


Details


Place where the work was made

North Sumatra Indonesia


Cultural origin

Toba Batak


Media category

Jewellery


Materials used

cast brass


Dimensions

7.0 cm diam.


Credit

Gift of Christopher Worrall Wilson 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

535.2010