Man Repairing A Ring

Man selling rings on the sidewalk
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The ring seller on the street was mending rings while sitting on his knees

There were many people on the arcaded sidewalks of Hayam Wuruk Street. Many people were opening their stalls. It's not very busy, but you can avoid the sun and rain. It's a great place to run a shop.

The man sitting on his haunches on the ground in this photo was one of the sidewalk vendors. He was selling rings. The ring seller was different from the ring seller I saw when I was walking around here before. I wonder if the ring is a popular item on the streets of Jakarta. There were many rings in the box in front of him, and the rings that couldn't be filled are placed haphazardly on the side of the box.

When I looked at the rings the man was selling, they were all heavy, stony rings. They seemed to be all men's rings. It is not unusual for men to wear rings in Indonesia. It is said that many men wear rings not only as jewelry but also to ward off evil spirits.

Since ancient times, people have believed that rings have a mysterious power. In ancient Greece and Rome, iron was considered a metal that was feared by evil spirits, and it is said that many people wore rings made of iron. The Ring of the Nibelung is also an epic poem about magic rings, and The Lord of the Rings is also a fantasy with a magic ring. Apparently, rings have a characteristic of not being considered strange even though they contain magical powers.

This man was repairing the ring with a hammer in his hand. And he also wore a ring with a rugged stone on his left hand. It is said that a ring worn on the middle finger of the left hand can have a positive effect on relationships, but it is not clear if this man was having relationship problems.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

October 27, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


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