| 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


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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