Rare Old Luba Ceremonial Albino Cowrie Shell, Nassa, Rattan Necklace from the Ngada Tribe, Flores Island, Indonesia. Collected in the late 1900's. Jai Dance FLO4
Rare Old Luba Ceremonial Albino Cowrie Shell, Nassa, Rattan Necklace from the Ngada Tribe, Flores Island, Indonesia. Collected in the late 1900's. Jai Dance.
(You see a tribal members wearing one on 2 of the photos: these great shell necklaces are worn around the neck by tribal village dancers.
This Ngada Neck Ornament consists of 9 large cowrie shells, 18 smaller Nassa Shells and woven rattan holding it altogether.
(seen on most of the photos)
Worn by important Headmen or boys during the ancient ritual dance called Jai, in Flores Island, Indonesia.
Some are also used as currency.
It consists of a hand woven rattan neckband decorated with a smaller cowrie or nassa shells row with, under it, a circle of larger old albino cowries. The large egg cowries have age and patina and are salvaged from older symbolic pieces as the weave deteriorates with the ambient humidity, and are made into new neck adornments.
Flores is one of the islands in the province of East Nusa Tenggara with many various ethnic groups each with a slightly different culture and different language. There are more Melanesian characteristics in the East and more Mongoloid-Malay characters in the West. The different groups & their respective culture are the Manggarai, the Riung, the Ngada, the Nage Keo, the Ende, the Lio, the Sikka, and the Larantuka. Ngada people’s village. The Ngada religion is a fusion of animism and Christianity. Their traditional homes are Ngadhu, a thatched cone shaped hut, and they represent the relationship with the people’s spiritual ancestors in their creation, construction and arrangements. In the Ngada district for example, an area that maintains its status as the spiritual heartland of Flores, indigenous animist religions flourish and the villages maintain fascinating houses, megalithic stones and interesting totemic structures. In the center of most of them stand several ceremonial edifices which represent the ancestral protection for the village.
All our collector and rare items come with pages and pages of research about provenance, and with history of the tribes and photos as well, depending on item and whenever possible. When shipping internationally, we group ship multiple purchases to save you money, and find the best rates available. If you have any questions or want to see research conducted on this piece and photos of tribes, let us know.