Pectoral (marangga)

West Sumba
20th century, 1950–2000
Unknown, 19th century, Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: West Sumba, Nusa Tenggara (form. Lesser Sundas), Indonesia


Overall: 19 x 26.5 cm (7 1/2 x 10 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Copper alloy

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry



With their elegant shape, pectorals from western Sumba, called marangga, are among the most iconic works from Indonesia. Originally created from precious metal such as gold or silver, artists have more recently fashioned them from alloys of other metals. Marangga were among the heirlooms clans accumulated over time and displayed during feasts. These objects represented the wealth of their owners, embodied histories, and alluded to ritualized exchanges of valuables between families that helped reenact and confirm alliances, such as marriages.


1980, acquired in Paris by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart