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Borneo Unique Art Rare Beads Tassel Drop Necklace Ethnic Orang Ulu Status Symbol
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Borneo Unique Art Rare Beads Tassel Drop Necklace Ethnic Orang Ulu Status Symbol

$47.49
$49.99

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Category:

Necklaces & Pendants

Quantity Available:

Only one in stock, order soon

Condition:

Pre-owned

Jewelry Type:

Necklaces

Material:

Glass

Country/Region of Manufacture:

Indonesia

Country of Origin:

BORNEO INDONESIA

Main Stone:

old tiny colorful glass beads

Brand:

HANDMADE BY TRIBAL ARTIST

Metal:

EXTREMELY TIME CONSUMING TO CREATE

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Borneo Bead and Tassle Tassel Necklace collectible

Signed:

Ethnic Orang Ulu Status Symbol Kalimantan

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Item number:

685087859

Item description

Borneo Bead and Tassle Tassel Necklace collectible NB12 seen on the first 8 photos. Handmade Ethnic Orang Ulu Status Symbol EXTREMELY TIME CONSUMING TO CREATE with a 4 strands old glass trade beads necklace band. The last 4 photos are of other glass beads items we also have for sale in our store, baby carriers from Borneo and coolie hats from Sumatra. In olden-day Borneo beads were an integral part of the indigenous people of Borneo, the Orang Ulu. Designed and shaped from durable materials, like stone and glass, it was believed that each bead‘s reputed age indicated its power, and some believed that the owner of such beads could draw strength from it. The bearer, however, had to have the strength of soul to retain such a gift, otherwise it would only be a burden. Among the aristocrats in Borneo, a commoner in possession of a special bead which they considered spiritual had to surrender it to the chieftain who, it was presumed, had a strong soul and reputation. In Borneo beads were used as status symbols, for fines, currency, wealth and as investments. Beads have been used since time immemorial, when also teeth, bones, shells and stones were perforated and worn as ornaments. Good beads were not only valuable, they also revealed status. For example, beads were tokens of rank and value, and could attest to a future daughter-in-law’s eligibility to marry into the family. The most expensive Lukut sekala and the ritually important Lukut bela daba were believed to be female or male, depending on whether the shape of the bead was long or flat. Only an aristocrat could own Lukut sekala. So valuable were these beads that there is a legend of a trader who had crossed the Sarawak/Kalimantan border on foot, but wanted to travel down river from middle Baram. As legend would have it, he bought a second-hand outboard engine for one Lukut sekala bead. Another example of the beads’ value is that an expert Orang Ulu tattoo artist, usually female, could command a fee of up to five beads of the Lukut class per day, and even extra rice to take home. In the past, a fine Kelabit lady hat was worth one buffalo, so were 30 yellow peanut Let alai beads. A bead hat made of old, heavy beads, which are no longer fashionable and are becoming rare, can fetch one storehouse full of husked bario rice – if anyone was prepared to sell it. But beads could also be used in beadwork as fine decorations. Orang Ulu baby carriers, a reed basket open on one side, used by women to carry their young infants, were embellished with such fine beadwork with a wild boar or leopard tooth finish. Large beads and hawk’s bells were attached to the upper rim of the carrier and served to soothe the toddler with their tinkling in addition to indicating status. The Orang Ulu believed that rank and its associated symbolism were serious considerations.
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