Necklace with anthropomorphic pendants
- 19th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Gold pendants and gold and glass beads
- 11 3/4 × 8 × 1/2 in. (29.85 × 20.32 × 1.27 cm) Width (pendants): 6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm)
- Arts of the Pacific Islands
- 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:
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.
Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, 2013.