Nias Art Gallery

Historical sculptures and artefacts from Nias Island
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Indonesia ~ Sumatra | Bracelet from the Nias people | Gold alloy | 19th to early 20th century

Indonesia ~ Sumatra | Bracelet from the Nias people | Gold alloy | 19th to early 20th century

Sabre, Nord de l'Île de Nias, Indonésie | lot | Sotheby's

Sabre, Nord de l'Île de Nias, Indonésie | lot | Sotheby's

Unique set of sheet metal armor used by natives on the Indonesian island of Nias. Armored vest, hinged down the back, with a ridge of spiked sheet metal down the spine. Thin handmade armor was used to repel enemy arrows during the many civil wars fought amongst the islands inhabitants. Also included is a matching metal helmet, water buffalo hide shield, bundle of arrows, and one other tribal implement. Armor measures 24 inches wide, and 26 high, and shield is 32 inches in diameter.

Unique set of sheet metal armor used by natives on the Indonesian island of Nias. Armored vest, hinged down the back, with a ridge of spiked sheet metal down the spine. Thin handmade armor was used to repel enemy arrows during the many civil wars fought amongst the islands inhabitants. Also included is a matching metal helmet, water buffalo hide shield, bundle of arrows, and one other tribal implement. Armor measures 24 inches wide, and 26 high, and shield is 32 inches in diameter.

Nias (Indonesia) battle helmet (takula tofao), iron,  H 13.5 cm, Dm 16 to 20.5 cm, National Museum of Ethnology, The Netherlands.

Nias (Indonesia) battle helmet (takula tofao), iron, H 13.5 cm, Dm 16 to 20.5 cm, National Museum of Ethnology, The Netherlands.

Indonesia - Nias | Two bracelets; wood.  H:  18 and 15.5 cm | Est.  950 - 1'050€ & 1'100 - 1'200€   ~ (Feb '14)

Indonesia - Nias | Two bracelets; wood. H: 18 and 15.5 cm | Est. 950 - 1'050€ & 1'100 - 1'200€ ~ (Feb '14)

Nias figurine - Google zoeken

Nias figurine - Google zoeken

Indonesia ~ South Nias | Leaf shaped ear pendants ~ sialu ~ gold | 19th century || A single sialu was worn in the right ear by noblemen || Source: 'Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago'; page 411

Indonesia ~ South Nias | Leaf shaped ear pendants ~ sialu ~ gold | 19th century || A single sialu was worn in the right ear by noblemen || Source: 'Gold Jewellery of the Indonesian Archipelago'; page 411

Oceania - The Arts Of The Southeast Asian Islands

Oceania - The Arts Of The Southeast Asian Islands

Indonesia ~ Nias Island, North Sumatra Province | Section from a man's headdress; gold.  ca. 19th century || The island of Nias off the western coast of Sumatra is known for its gold jewelry. This finely wrought gold spire was once part of a headdress worn by noblemen in southern Nias. The hat's fishtail palm shape evokes the Tree of Life, a motif common to the arts of Nias and many other Southeast Asian islands.

Indonesia ~ Nias Island, North Sumatra Province | Section from a man's headdress; gold. ca. 19th century || The island of Nias off the western coast of Sumatra is known for its gold jewelry. This finely wrought gold spire was once part of a headdress worn by noblemen in southern Nias. The hat's fishtail palm shape evokes the Tree of Life, a motif common to the arts of Nias and many other Southeast Asian islands.

Indonesia ~ Sumatra ~ Nias | Woman's head  jewellery ~ Bahalögo sikondra | ca. 1900 or earlier

Indonesia ~ Sumatra ~ Nias | Woman's head jewellery ~ Bahalögo sikondra | ca. 1900 or earlier

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