A PAIR OF KULKÙRU EAR ORNAMENTS FOR YOUNG MEN

Traditionally, when the boy is capable of hunting large animals and is knowledgeable about traditional ceremonies, around age 14 or 15, he would have his ears pierced in a ritual celebration. This now-obsolete rite marked the boys’ transition into manhood and eligibility for marriage. Traditionally, the young man would then participate in a warring expedition against neighbouring tribes. During this time the ears were decorated with this special ear ornaments.

Kulkuru TribeMata Grosso, Brasil,
Nest feathers and wood. 18 cm