A Mamuli
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Posted by: Beadman Mail author
04/30/2009, 05:47:33

I photographed this gold mamuli pendant at Ferry's store, as well as other gold pieces. The Mamuli is made and worn by the people of Sumba (an Indonesian island). It symbolically represents a vulva (female generative organ)—and you might think it would be worn only by women. However, "male mamuli" are those that feature a horizontal projection at the bottom, that often includes charming little figures. In this instance, we can see a pair of male steers with large horns. Mamuli were originally ear ornaments, but are now worn as pectoral pendants.


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