Indonesian Tribal Art - Conus shell bracelets, Sarawak, North Borneo, Indonesia

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Indonesian Tribal Art - Conus shell bracelets, Sarawak, North Borneo, Indonesia


These two sculptural conus shell bracelets are from Sarawak, North Borneo. Originally, there was tree resin and cowrie shells in the pocket formed by the overlapping shell this was so damaged it was removed long ago. The tribal people of the Indonesian Archipelago believed that any closed circle provided a protective barrier against hostile forces, making these bracelets much more than mere adornment. The larger has an inside circumference of 9.5 and the smaller 9.25. Early 20th century. #2613 and #2614  SOLD
 

Indonesian Tribal Art - Conus shell bracelets, Sarawak, North Borneo, Indonesia, back view

Indonesian Tribal Art - Conus shell bracelets, Sarawak, North Borneo, Indonesia, top view

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