Man's bracelet (gelang sarung)

CULTURE:
Karo Batak people
DATE:
19th–20th century
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General Description

Bracelets of this type were worn by aristocratic bridegrooms, by men of high status during the funerals of their fathers, and as a kind of amulet by men who wanted to improve the quality of their dreams. The filigreed surface on which twisted threads of gold encircle gold bosses indicates Islamic influence.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, 2013.