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Pectoral disc

Timor Island
Silver, metal alloy
Ø 20 cm
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Inv. T.14.004

This hand beaten pectoral disc is decorated with a central motif representing the sun or the morning star, punched in shallow lines connecting to protruding bosses. The motif is set in a larger decoration of geometrical figures probably related to celestial bodies.

The pectoral discs were an important status symbol and had the function of recognize one's wealth and value within the community, as well as marking social ties, such as marriage and political alliances.

The pectoral discs were worn on ceremonial occasions, either singly or in multiples.

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