Gold, Silver & Brass Jewellery of the Batak in Sumatra, Indonesia
5 Continents Editions
Territory: World excluding Italy
Size: 300 mm x 260 mm
Illustrations: 215 colour
- The nearly 300 precious works shown here are artifacts of a once-flourishing jewellery tradition
The first book to examine the rich jewellery traditions of the Batak people in Indonesia is a gorgeous tribute to a vanishing way of life. Batak jewellery is characterised by a wide variety of materials and forms, and has many functions: Jewels can be status symbols, badges of rank, attributes of membership of a certain age group, amulets and talismans, or simply ornaments. Men, women, small children, and even babies were once adorned with gold, silver, brass, bronze, or the gold-and-copper alloy known as suasa. Today, the Batak wear traditional jewellery only for celebrations like weddings, and these stunning works are rapidly disappearing, being melted down or sold.