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20th C. Sulawesi Toraja Sangori Bronze Ornaments (pr)

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Sulawesi, ca. mid 20th century CE. A matching pair of bronze ornaments, made to be worn in the headdress of a shaman. Each is curved into a gentle spiral with a long, curved tail, and a snake-like face at the other end, at the center of the spiral. The face is pierced twice to create eyes, and the surface of each is further decorated with incised motifs of flowers and abstract symbols. The Toraja have a fascinating and unique set of cultural practices that mainly revolve around elaborate, extended funerals and funerary rituals, with shamans dancing particular dances at various stages. Ornaments like these were worn during these events. Size of one: 7" W x 7.95" H (17.8 cm x 20.2 cm); 10.5" H (26.7 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Dark patina on surface, with some scratching commensurate with age. One has been repaired low on the body and has a small tear where the repair is. Old collection sticker on the other.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection, acquired at Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA

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