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The Dayak peoples (Dayak being a term used to describe a large number of smaller ethnic groups) reside on the island of Borneo (Kalimantan), Indonesia. Formerly a fierce headhunter culture, the Dayak are widely known for drastic elongation of the ear lobe, through which weight designs or coils are generally worn. Most items are brass or mixed white metal and quite heavy. These pieces are worn for long periods of time and continue to stretch the earlobe. The Dayak culture also made use of solid plugs, primarily from wood and animal materials.

The photo above shows Ibu Dayak warriors from Longnawan, North Borneo circa 1927, used under Creative Commons license from Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute.

Gasing Ear Weights

A pair of traditional "gasing" or pear weights from the Dayak of Borneo (Kalimantan), Indonesia.