In central Sulawesi such ornaments were worn by warriors as protective head gear. The metal, highly polished and formed in the shape of a snake would not only hinder the strike of an enemy blow but was believed to have magical protective properties.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2015
Sanggori (head ornament) in form of eel
19th century-20th century
26.0 cm diam. (irreg.)
Gift of Christopher Worrall Wilson 2010
Not on display