This elaborate gold ring is worn by the Batak people. It is decorated with applied filigree and granulation and features two little birds drinking from a hollow compartment in the middle of the ring. This type of ring serves many purposes: they can be decorative pieces, amulets, conjurer’s tools for sorcerers, or ornaments used to change a run of bad luck. The hollow top of the ring can be used as a container to hold magic potions or medicine.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th centuries
Region
North Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: 4.0 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm
Accession No.
2002-00660
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Gold