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Title

Bracelet

19th century-20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

With connotations of fertility and the continuity of life and death, the spiral motif is one of the most ancient and enduring ornamental designs
found throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Although this bracelet is believed to have been created and used by one of the ethnic groups of
Sulawesi, its precise origin remains elusive. The discs of coiled wire evoke the spirals used in a number of regions of Sulawesi, including Kulawi, Palu, Poso and Toraja. Such designs feature prominently on architecture and textiles, and also on personal adornments made from bark cloth, shells, beads and metal. Crafted by an expert metal smith and embellished with elegant spirals in a twisted rope design, this bracelet would have been
a prized item indicative of wealth and high status.


Details


Place where the work was made

North Sulawesi Sulawesi Indonesia


Date

19th century-20th century


Media category

Jewellery


Materials used

silver


Dimensions

22.0 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

539.2010



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Ancestral art of the Indonesian archipelago, Sydney, 2017, 80 (colour illus.).