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Title

Headdress for a warrior (meo)

19th century-20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Chinese coins used across Southeast Asian trade networks were frequently incorporated in textile and object design. The small round coins with square apertures are widely known throughout the Indonesian archipelago as ‘Kepeng’. As their intrinsic value as currency waned they were invested with talismanic qualities. Whilst coins were commonly used to provide protection to the wearer, coins of other currencies were also used to demonstrate wealth. Like the headdresses of the ‘Akha’ women of mainland Southeast Asia which are elaborately decorated with coins, this more humble comb also employs glittering coinage to attract onlookers and inform them of the wearer's status.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2015


Details


Other Titles

Comb in form of bird with stand

Comb in form of bird

Comb/headress in form of bird


Place where the work was made

West Timor Indonesia


Cultural origin

Atoni


Date

19th century-20th century


Media category

Woodwork


Materials used

wood, beads, coins


Dimensions

6.5 x 14.0 x 8.0 cm


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

557.2010