Silver Earring from Timor
Called kavuta, and from the Tetum people of Central Timor, this single woman’s earring is made of cast silver. These are often available as single pieces as well as pairs. The design suggests it may have been a fertility symbol. We love the lively design which includes spirals, lines, and balls on a flat surface. It is especially intricate and graphic.
Please see similar examples in Susan Rodgers’, Power And Gold (from The Barbier-Mueller Museum), p.298; 1995. Our research suggests that variations on this design were made from the 19th through the 20th century.
It could be worn as an attractive pendant, or displayed as part of a collection.
Size: 2.3″ x 2.3″ / 6cm X 6cm
Weight: approximately 12 grams