Collection of bracelets "Asmat"
Asmat-people, Irian Jaya, New Guinea, Indonesia, early 20th century, private collection from Netherlands.
The Asmat are a coastal people occupying a low-lying swampy region in Indonesian province of Irian Jaya. Their homeland covers approximately 25,000 square kilometers in southwestern Irian Jaya. The swampy region include sago palms, mangroves, and patches of tropical rain forest. Asmat people are widely known for the quality of their wood sculptures, and they are also notorious for their traditional practises of headhunting and cannibalism, which were linked to the unsolved disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, 23-years old son of former New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, in 1961 while touring the region to collect indigenous artwork.
Beautiful set of four old bracelets. Made of bone or horn. Perfect condition. Age-related wear and signs of use. One with geometric decorations. Lovely dark brown patina. Dust and dirt. These bracelets comes from the collections of a closed ethnographic museum/ foundation in the Netherlands. Diameter approx. 6,8cm and the thickness c. 0,5cm. Sell as a set.