Pair of earrings

This is a pair of ornate gold earrings called ‘wea wunu wona’ in Boawai, translated as ‘swinging leaves gold earrings’. They are in the shape of an oblong oval, decorated with filigree wire curliques all around the sides and ornamented with spangles at the bottom. These were considered heirlooms and were sometimes used as an advance bridewealth payment.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
Flores, Lesser Sunda Islands
Dimension
refer to parts
Accession No.
2002-00550
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Gold