Hip decoration “fikum”
|Object||Hip decoration „fikum“|
|Culture||Bontoc, central-northern region of Luzon|
|Dimensions||Diameter approx. 19.50 cm|
Shell disc ( Pinctada fucata ) engraved with geometrical patternsVisible side with tortoiseshell button, backside with wooden button and held together by a string
This mother-of-pearl shell disc is decorated with the typical black coloured geometric incised decoration along the outer rim. The disc is perforated in the middle and has a tortoise shell button on the front and a wooden button on the back.
These discs of gold oysters were only worn on the belt as a status symbol on special occasions and celebrations by high-ranking, deserved warriors of the Bontok, in the north of Luzon, the northern island of the Philippines.More information on the blog Supplementing Literature Back to room view