| Head ornament [lamba]

East Sumbanese people
east Sumba, Indonesia

Head ornament [lamba] 19th century or earlier
29.0 (h) x 28.0 (w) cm
Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Photograph: courtesy Musée Barbier-Mueller


Crescent-shaped ornaments have been popular for millennia in Southeast Asia, yet within the form there is great variation. Given the maleness of gold objects on Sumba, images of horses and riders often appear on noblemen’s lamba headdresses, the finials of which usually feature branches of spirals.

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