An image of Sanggori (head ornament) in the shape of a snake

Unknown Artist

Sanggori (head ornament) in the shape of a snake

Other titles:
Sanggori (head ornament) in form of eel
Location
Not on display
Further information

In central Sulawesi such ornaments were worn by warriors as protective head gear. The metal, highly polished and formed in the shape of a snake would not only hinder the strike of an enemy blow but was believed to have magical protective properties.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2015

Place of origin
Central Sulawesi, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Year
19th century-20th century
Media
Metalwork
Medium
brass
Dimensions
26.0 cm diam. (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of Christopher Worrall Wilson 2010
Accession number
538.2010