This sliver gilt bracelet is called ‘gelang sarung’ and is formed of three sliding tubes of metal, decorated with appliqué silver-thread spiral designs and silver balls. This bracelet was used by aristocratic bridegrooms, by men of the upper classes during the funerals of their fathers, and as a sort of protective amulet by men when they did not have good dreams. 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.

Late 19th-early 20th century
North Sumatra
Object size: 12.5 x 8.8 x 1.6 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin

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