Pair of earrings

This is a pair of silver filigree earrings for Batak women called ‘padung curu-curu’ and is shaped like small cones with many tiny spangles, called ‘pilo-pilo’, at the bottom. These pilo-pilo are supposed to bring good luck. And these earrings were mostly worn by women of fine birth, or women from an elite community. Jewellery has many different functions in island Southeast Asia, for example it was used to indicate social positions, to symbolise the importance of the social relationship between the giver and the receiver during gift exchanges, and to serve as miniature religious objects.

Early 20th century
North Sumatra
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Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin