Disk

DATE:
19th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Gold
CLASSIFICATION:
Jewelry
DIMENSIONS:
7 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 1/4 in. (19.05 × 19.05 × 0.64 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
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
2008.69

General Description

In the distant past, medallions with embossed decoration like this one were probably given to warriors as a hunting trophy for each severed head. They were also offered at marriage ceremonies as an important part of the bride price, or objects given to the bride’s family by the groom, and they could be used in payment for fines resulting from serious social violations. In some cases, compensation with golden disks was the only means by which a man’s reputation could be rectified. Seldom seen today, ornaments such as this disk are viewed primarily as sacred family heirlooms and displayed only on special occasions.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, 2013.