south Moluccas, Indonesia
Pectoral in double axe head form
gold alloy, cinnabar
7.0 (h) x 8.6 (w) x 0.3 (d) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Heirloom treasures are essential to ritual and communication with the ancestors. Across eastern Indonesia gold pectorals are created in the arresting double-axe form. Among these are the delicate taka pendants from Flores. This fine example is embellished with intricate plaiting and spiral designs.