TRIBAL & ASIAN ART AND ANTIQUITIES
PSW00038 • PADUNG-PADUNG

Primary Source at Santa Monica Tribal Arts Show, November 2007

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PSW00038
"PADUNG-PADUNG"" HEAVY SILVER EARRING.
TWO CONCENTRIC SWIRLS WITH A LONG DOUBLE AXIS.
SILVER – 913 GRAMS.
BATAK TRIBE, NORTH SUMATRA.
CIRCA 18-19TH CENTURY.

These are usually worn in pairs. Because they are so heavy after they are slipped through a large hole in the ear the central axis is slightly separated and a section of the woman's head cloth is inserted so that the weight isn't on the frail ears. One earring was worn upwards and one downwards to symbolize the ups and downs of a marriage. The skill in making these is significant because they are made from drawing one single strand of silver wire until it has the desired diminishing diameters and then fashioning the perfect spirals. Notice the endings in the center of the circle. They just infinitely end and disappear. These are said to be the heaviest earrings in the world.

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Padung-Padung Earring

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