Early Heirloom Necklace 10350

Moluccas

Gold alloy, mutisala beads

Date unknown

10.5 x 0.5 in/26.5 x 1.5 cm

$3500

The orange beads on this necklace date to the 7th Century or earlier and were restricted to members of the royal family, with the orange color distinguishing nobles from commoners; the gold alloy beads are probably 17th/18th Century and show great wear. This necklace can still be used to barter for a horse on the outer islands.