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Title

Pendant in a double-axe form (taka)

19th century-20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

A symbol of high rank and wealth, gold jewellery on Flores also has deep connections with the ancestors and is used for the expression of cosmological order. Among the Ngada people of central Flores, ornaments like this pendant property of ancestors and an important part of a clan’s heirloom treasure. Imbued with sacred properties, ‘taka’ were removed from their stores and exposed to sunlight only after being anointed with the blood of an animal sacrifice and the appropriate permissions had been sought from the ancestors. ‘Taka’ were worn by men and women, suspended at the neck and forehead from bands and chains. They also appeared as prestige items in bride wealth exchanges and traditional (‘adat’) rituals.


Details


Other Title

Gold Taka


Place where the work was made

Central Flores Flores Indonesia


Cultural origin

Ngada


Date

19th century-20th century


Media category

Jewellery


Materials used

gold alloy


Dimensions

4.1 x 4.8 x 0.5 cm


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Accession number

558.2010



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, 71 (colour illus.).