East Sumba, Indonesia

Gold plated, 7 x 8,5 cm

Mumuli are worn in the ear, suspended from the turban or from a chain or pendant and are suggestive of the womb. Simple ones are given during marrimonial dealings. The more complex ones whose bases are decorated with deer or birds are regarded as family heirlooms and cannot be sold. Cf A world of earrings from the Ghysels Collection, page 290-291 and 339.