All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1179055 (stock #21200)
Traditional ethnic jewelry from south Sulawesi, this silver medallion is called a jumping and was tied around the waist of a young child to hide its sex. This was not done so much to preserve its modesty as to protect it from sorcery and malevolent spirits.
Traditionally the backs were made of a gold and silver alloy and the front sides were silver. This piece is 2-5/8 inches wide and 2-7/8 top to bottom. 19th to early 20th century.