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Pectoral disc

Timor Island
Probably Molo people
Copper alloy
Ø 18 cm
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Inv. T.14.006

This hand beaten pectoral disc is decorated with a motif punched in shallow lines, probably representing the sun or the morning star. It was typically worn on a string threaded through the small hole. 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.

A formally similar pectoral disc to this is shown in Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago (p. 99).

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