I love the art from Nias, an island off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. Their aesthetic tradition is very different from most of the cultures in Indonesia. Historically there was a connection to the original peoples in Vietnam.
Neck ring from Indonesia Indonesia Coconut shell and brass century A symbol of high prestige, this neck ring was worn only by men who had killed an enemy and brought his head back to the village, thereby attracting protective forces to his community.
Afulu Retreat, a relaxed beach bungalow set-up run by locals on the west-coast of North Nias. Nias Island, Indonesia. This is the perfect base for surfers and travelers exploring this part of Nias. www.northniastourism.com. Photo by Arlene Bax.