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Batak Woman 1

This young Karo woman is wearing a padung-padung, a silver ear pendant, the most well-known type of Batak jewelry. Sometimes as long as twenty centimeters and weighing as much as one thousand five hundred grams, the double-spiral pendants were forged into thick wire strands from melted silver (mainly Spanish colonial) coins or silver alloy. The left pendant points forwards and the right pendant (barely visible in this photo) points backwards. The spiral sections are decorated by stars made of copper and gold. Previously worn by Karo Batak women, these pendants are no longer used for adornment. The card was produced by the studio of C.W. Kleingrothe in Medan.

Publisher: C.W. Kleingrothe

Created: 2013

Also Known As: Perempuan Batak

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