Group of Irian Jaya Ear Ornaments, Dimbo
North Coast of West Papua, 19th century or earlier
The largest measures 2 ¼" (h) x 1 ¾" (w). The smallest measures 1 ½" (h) x 1 ¼" (w)
Dimbo have been used as ear ornaments since the 17th century on the islands of Geelvink bay, but they were also used as part of 'bride price' from around 1925 until today on the shores of Lake Sentani. The material is comprised of glass pearls and scraps of glass and usually have a tarnished appearance. The tradition is thought to have been adopted in New Guinea through contact with Malayan traders.
Inventory no. 6369
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