Ceremonial Necklace From Sumba (‘Kanatar’)
Worn by the men of east Sumba only for ceremonies, the kanatar necklace features handwoven metal chain in a tubular form with a large pendant on each end. Ours is made of copper that was plated and has a warm color, some of which has worn off over the generations.
The pendants are in a traditional form with applied spiral motifs, and three small dangling pendants. The middle small pendant is a 3-dimensional rooster, which is also a male symbol of power. It is flanked by diamond-shaped stamped metal pendants; one of which is missing on one side. Spirals also decorate the connecting tube between the pendant and the chain.
We don’t know the history of this old piece, but think it has could easily be 100 years old based on design and wear.
Size: Pendants: 2.75″ x 4″ / 7cm x 10cm Chain: 40″ / 102cm
Weight: approximately 91 grams