| Pectoral in double axe head form [taka]

Babar Islands
south Moluccas, Indonesia
 

Pectoral in double axe head form [taka] 19th century
gold alloy, cinnabar
7.0 (h) x 8.6 (w) x 0.3 (d) cm
Purchased 1988
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 1988.1548

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Heirloom treasures are essential to ritual and communication with the ancestors. Across eastern Indonesia gold pectorals are created in the arresting double-axe form. Among these are the delicate taka pendants from Flores. This fine example is embellished with intricate plaiting and spiral designs.




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