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GELUNG AGUNG CROWN

Unknown19th century

Museum Nasional Indonesia

Museum Nasional Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

This exquisite Balinese head adornment comes from the royal court of Badung. It is worn on important ceremonial occasions by, amongst others, by the bride of a royal wedding. Its front is adorned with a myriad of tiny metal flowers. The back part of the gelung agung, triangular in shape, displays three smaller triangles embellished with 175 gemstones, the carving of an elephant's head, as well as a karang asti (special stone) believed to have supernatural powers to ward off evil.

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  • Title: GELUNG AGUNG CROWN
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location: Badung, Indonesia
  • Place Part Of: Indonesia
  • Physical Dimensions: w240 x h350 mm
  • Classification: Ethnography
  • Type: Metal Work

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