1098 Antique Maloh Belt Sash with Cowries & Beads

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Ceremonial Sash Belt

Made by fixing cowrie shells, shell cores and beads onto fabric

The type of cowries used here are preferred by the Maloh group.

Worn during festivals and ceremonies

Maloh People, Borneo

Estimated to be from the 1920s-1930s

28 inches x 1.5 inches


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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.

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