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A hair comb from East Sumba made from turtle shell. Typically worn by brides, the rooster and horse motifs "symbolize power, fertility and protection." (see p. 79 of 'Kisah Perhiasan Nusantara' by Supit)
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Beautiful!!. Very much like traditional Spanish "peineta" and "mantilla".
By the way how did you find that book "Kisah perhiasan Nusantara"? i hesitated getting a copy t jakarta airport, i tought it lacked substance compared with other indonesian jewels books!
How interesting, Edith. The creatures at the top of the comb look like characters in an Indonesian puppet play. Fascinating.
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