Indonesian Tribal Art - Silver pectoral disc, Timor Island, Indonesia

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Silver pectoral, Timor Island, Indonesia

Pectoral disc or breast plate
Tetum people, Timor Island, Indonesia
Silver, gilding
Late 19th to early 20th century
6" (15.2 cm) in diameter

These disks were worn as status symbols by men during ceremonial occasions. The designs relate to celestial bodies, and the gilding on this piece indicates a probable reference to the sun.


Silver pectoral, Timor Island, Indonesia, back view

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