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Rare Iban Silver Ceremonial Coin Belt

AGE: – Early 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Silver
DESCRIPTION: – Rare Iban Silver Ceremonial Coin Belt

LENGTH: – 72cm
CLASP LENGTH:– 7cm
WEIGHT:– 800gms
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Rare Iban Silver ceremonial coin belt weighing 800gms from Sarawak, Borneo.

This ceremonial wedding belt is referred to as a himpogot. The word himpogot is derived from the Kadazan word pogoton, meaning to strengthen the tie.  A belt such as this was passed down from mother to daughter and worn on their wedding day, or on other ceremonial occasions, symbolizing the wealth of the family. The belt is worn around the waist or hip with the traditional costume of a Kadazandusun lady from the largest ethnic group of people in Sabah. Belts in original condition such as this are rare, fake silver coins are used in place of original coins and is still worn today on ceremonial occasions.

There are twenty nine coins in this belt, 15 on top and fourteen on the bottom, a total of 29 coins in near mint condition.

The traditional clasp is a shaped and incised Ikan Empurau fish motif.

Type of coins:

Straights Settlement Edward VII King and Emperor coins dated 1907 – 10 coins, 6 coins dated 1908 on the top.

Muni Van Het Koningruk Der Nederlanden – Wilhelmina coins – 1931 – 7 coins, 1 coin dated 1930, 1 coin dated 1933, 2 coins dated 1937, 2 coins dated 1939 on the bottom.

These web sites has some great pictures of Iban women and their customs

The rich culture and customs of the Kadazan people.

Rare Iban Silver Ceremonial Coin Belt
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