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An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Susi Johnston
  • Seminyak, Bali
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Southeast Asian antique and excavated gold, silver, beads, rings and other ornament

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Mamuli: Gold Fertility Amulets from Sumba

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 21:30 1 Comment

Mamuli are iconic ornaments of the people of Sumba in southeastern Indonesia made of gold and worn by men who hold "noble" or priestly positions in society. It's not often one gets to view a large group of old mamuli together. Here (click right…


Biggest Ethnic Earrings Ever? (Karo Batak "Padung-Padung")

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 22:30 2 Comments

Here are a few historical photographs (1900 - 1935) from my digital archives, showing how the Karo Batak women of North Sumatra wore their Padung-Padung ear-weights, which were massive, normally solid silver (sometimes with low-karat pink-gold appended elements). They were fastened through the flesh-loop of distended earlobes, and then "pinched" into the cotton cloth…


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At 15:04 on January 31, 2015, James C Allen said…

Susi my email address is   send me pictures of what you want to sell. I am not very active but there are a few things I would still like to buy. Jim Allen

At 14:56 on August 19, 2011, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi Susi,


A very warm welcome to the site.

I  hope that you will enjoy browsing the content here, and that you can tell us all more about the beautiful South East Asian antiques.

I look forward to getting to know you here.

Warm wishes





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