Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

Susi Johnston
  • Seminyak, Bali
  • Indonesia
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Thelma commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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"Very beautiful, Susi. I love the way the beads have been selected and arranged In such an understated manner. Congratulations."
Mar 30, 2017
Cordelia Donohoe commented on Susi Johnston's album
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Selected ancient bead necklaces in my collections

"Very attractive collection, thanks for posting, Suzi"
Mar 29, 2017
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Jun 21, 2015
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Silver Bracelet - Timor

"The narrowest part of the gap for inserting your wrist into the bracelet is 1.7 cm. The inner space for your wrist is 5.1 x 3.7 cm. As it is now, it's not wearable for the average westerner. But it certainly is beautiful! I display it on a…"
Feb 17, 2015
Harald commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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A very old "sea ivory" bracelet from Savu

"Might this be sperm-whale ivory?"
Feb 16, 2015
Harald commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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Silver Bracelet - Timor

"What a beauty! What is the inner size? Those male braceletshave always much smaller inner size than we are used to."
Feb 16, 2015
Harald commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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Pair of Excavated Gold Ear Clips

"Beautiful! So they are from before the Hindu Javanese period, very interesting. Fish might be, like the frogs fertility (water)."
Feb 16, 2015
Eva Baby commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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Pair of Excavated Gold Ear Clips

"Thank you very much, Susi, for the detailed Information. Very interesting and nice!"
Feb 15, 2015
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Pair of Excavated Gold Ear Clips

"Eva, they are from a bronze age site in Java, from the so-called "Dong Son" period in Javanese civilization. The term "Dong Son", of course refers to the seminal civilization in what is now Vietnam, which is seen as having…"
Feb 15, 2015
Linda Pastorino commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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A very old "sea ivory" bracelet from Savu

"The coloration of yours is quite beautiful ! "
Feb 14, 2015
Linda Pastorino commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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A very old "sea ivory" bracelet from Savu

"These type of bracelets are pretty rare.  I have one left , had two they are small though and are collectors items only hard to wear although at one point they fit me , won't say how long ago! "
Feb 14, 2015
Linda Pastorino commented on Susi Johnston's photo
Feb 14, 2015
Linda Pastorino commented on Susi Johnston's photo
Feb 14, 2015
Eva Baby commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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Pair of Excavated Gold Ear Clips

"Very nice pieces. Have you more info,  from which area of the world ?  I have seen the spiral tails, very nice! "
Feb 13, 2015
Betty commented on Susi Johnston's photo
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Silver Bracelet - Timor

"We rarely see Indonesian jewellery here. Thanks for sharing this picture. I can only agree that this is a stunning piece!"
Feb 5, 2015

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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…

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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…

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

Susi my email address is abeyjim@gmail.com   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

Sarah

 
 
 

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