Tetum or Belu
Man’s Ceremonial Bracelet, buti-liman or riti
2 3/4 inches high by 3 1/8 inches wide by 1 wide. 3/4 inch at opening. 85 grams.
Very good. Silver has been worn smooth in several places.
Jewelry is more to the people of Timor then just adornment. Aside from beatifying the wearer it also represents many things to the Timorese people such as social rank, marriage alliance, political markers, family heirlooms and ritual objects for dance. It is believed that bracelets such as this one actually acquires supernatural powers when used in dance ceremonies called adat.