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19th century-20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    North Sulawesi Sulawesi Indonesia
    19th century-20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    22.0 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm
    Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    Christopher Wilson, pre 1989-1996, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased in Indonesia.

    Mariann Ford, 1996-Dec 2010, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, inherited from the estate of Christopher Wilson. Gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010.