Necklace with anthropomorphic pendants

DATE:
19th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Gold pendants and gold and glass beads
CLASSIFICATION:
Jewelry
DIMENSIONS:
11 3/4 × 8 × 1/2 in. (29.85 × 20.32 × 1.27 cm) Width (pendants): 6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Pacific Islands
LOCATION:
Arts of the Pacific Islands - Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Nasher Foundation in honor of Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher
OBJECT NUMBER:
2008.72

General Description

Trade items and local goldwork are harmoniously combined in this necklace, which is more Western in form than most Indonesian jewelry. The beads probably originated in East Timor. The shapes of the three gold pendants suggest highly stylized human figures or trophy heads from raids: circular heads crown two armlike arcs, which merge gracefully with wide diamond-shaped bodies.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, 2013.