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114-021 A Warrior's Comb from Timor

This pronged headdress is traditionally worn by the warriors of West Timor. It takes the shape of a bird outfitted with brightly coloured beads and old silver coins. It would have been worn to the side or front of the head, with the precious beads, metal discs and coins displayed prominently to dazzle enemies and demonstrate the wearer’s success, status and wealth. The combination of avian imagery emerging from a crescent-shaped form may refer, respectively, to the upper world and its winged messengers, and the moon and buffalo, both of which are associated with fertility.

Information

a. Origin Atoni People, west Timor, Indonesia
b. Estimated Age 19th century
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) Buffalo horn, beads and old coins
d. Size (mention cm/inches) Length: 15 cm.
e. Condition Report Excellent condition with no loss.
f. Damage & Shortcomings Nil.
g. Item Location (Country) Singapore
Seller Name Wai Mun Fong
Seller's Email ID edfwm2013@gmail.com