Jewelry -Mamuli

Commentary

Mamuli are feminine symbols - and are used in Sumba as dowry-exchange items. In this case, the male's family offers mamuli to the wife's family. Textiles, incidentally, are dowry-exchange items, as well - but brought by the woman and offered to the man's family. Other male-to-female dowry-exchange items are live stock, gold and ivory objects. 

 

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