Monday, May 15, 2017

Cast Copper Alloy Talismanic Pendant (Taiganja)

This talismanic pendant is from central Sulawesi (formerly, the Celebes) in Eastern Indonesia. It is part of a highly unusual group of ornaments that were used as ceremonial regalia and as wedding gifts from the groom's family to the bride's. The hollowed centre is believed to represent the female genitalia and the horn-like elements on the top are to represent buffalo horns, and those on the sides, the pincers of crabs. The shape is a legacy of much earlier Austronesian heritage, similarly shaped ornaments are found among the Austronesian speaking peoples of Luzon in the Southern Philippines to the peoples of North Sumatra to the Tanimbar Archipelago in Indonesia.

The taiganja here could have been worn as a pendant but also attached to a headdress. Sometimes such examples were worn by transvestite shamans during public ceremonies, but also by adolescent girls during puberty rights. They became heirloom items and later tended to be kept almost as sacred objects rather than being worn.

Picture 1

Picture 2

Monday, May 1, 2017

Oriental Wooden Jewelry Box

Jewelry box is a container that is usually smaller than a chest, and in the past they were generally more than just functional, but also typically intended to be decorative and artistic.

Pictures below showing an oriental wooden jewelry box with four drawers, spacious upper compartment and intricate carved detailing with iron hardware. All carvings are highlighted by fantastic gilding.

The hinged opening top when opened allows the carved-front-opening opens to the three-drawers-compartment.

Height : 44cm, Length : 36.5cm, Width : 29cm

Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 3

Picture 4

Picture 5

Picture 6

Picture 7