Ear Plug


From: Bali (Indonesia)

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 70-17-1A
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Bali (Indonesia)
Section Oceanian
Materials Metal

Tube of very thin gold (?), originally closed at both ends. Wider end (facing forwards when worn) is a raised rosette decorated with a red stone in the center, surrounded by a circle of six smaller grey/white stones and incised concentric circles. Filled with a brittle black substance (hardened resin?), now broken into fragments (possibly for reinforcement). Somewhat dented and misshapen, both ends detached. Worn by young girls performing legong, a traditional form of royal court dance.

Length 6.5 cm
Width 3 cm
Credit Line Gift of Williamina de Schauensee, 1970

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