Loran ...Ear Lobe Weight From Tanimbar, Old
Loran ...Ear Lobe Weight From Tanimbar, Old
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Loran ...Ear Lobe Weight From Tanimbar, Old

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An old brass 'loran' ear weight from Tanimbar, Moluccas. Loran are a crucial part of the ritual wedding exchange jewelry in Tanimbar. Loran are emblematic of the female genitalia and, made of metal only by men, are considered ritually hot. These ear ornaments are given by the wife-taking family to the wife-giving family. Measures about 2 1/4 inches. This is a complex, elaborate ceremonial exchange. A fascinating account can be found in the fine book, "Power and Gold," by Susan Rogers.