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Historically, gold has been as coveted in Asia as much as anywhere else. Indigenous sources, such as in Sumatra, allowed it to be sourced from within, and traded around, the region.

here we present gold objects from India, Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka, the Himalayas and the like.

Provenance is important and so all our gold items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old, colonial-era collections.

Each piece is for sale, and each has been selected for its artistic merit, patina and provenance.

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5061

Gold Cobra Ear Ornaments Inlaid with Red Stones (Pambadam or Nagapadam)

Tamil Nadu, South India, 19th-early 20th century
19th-early 20th century

length: 4.5cm, combined weight: 42.92g

Provenance

UK art market

5685

South Indian Gold Spherical Pendant set with Rubies & Diamonds

South India, possibly Mysore
18th-19th century

diameter: 2.1cm, weight: 16.95g

Provenance

UK art market

5686

Fine, Indian Ramayana Gold Ring

South India, probably Mysore
18th-19th century

weight: 13.49g, length of bezel: 1.5cm, ring size: US - 6; UK - L/M

Provenance

UK art market

5503

Indian Flexible Diamond & Enamelled Gold Bracelet (Pahunchiyan or Dasti)

North India
late 19th-20th century

length (or circumference when closed): 16.4cm, width at widest point: 1.8cm, weight: 45.84g

Provenance

UK art market

5564

Gold Enamelled Kavach Pendant & Enamelled Gold Bead & Pearl Necklace for a Krishna Devotee

Rajasthan, India
19th century

circumference of necklace: 43cm, overall weight: 27.9g

Provenance

UK art market

5687

Assam Gold & Ruby Ring

Assam, India & possibly Western Burma
late 19th century

length of bezel: 2.3cm, weight: 5.92g, ring size: US - 7.75; UK - P

Provenance

UK art market

2221

Set of Inscribed, Early Classical Period, Javanese Sacred Gold Regalia for a King

Central Java, Indonesia
circa 800 AD

combined weight: 770g

Provenance

previously in the collection of a retired European diplomat who served in Indonesia in the 1960s, but acquired after that time.

5542

Gold Indian Kokke Thathi Pendant

Coorg People, Tamil Nadu, South India
late 19th-early 20th century

length: 4.7cm, weight: 12.8g

Provenance

UK art market

5150

Indian Gold, Diamond, Pearl & Enamel Earrings

North India
18th-19th century

length of each: 5.8cm, combined weight: 27.52g

Provenance

UK art market

5627

Fine, Gold Marriage Pendant

Tamil Nadu, South India
19th century

length: 5.1cm, weight: 5.86g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5000

Gold Makara Ring

Khmer/Cambodia
circa 15th century

height of ring: 3cm, external diameter of hoop: 2.4cm, weight: 13.76g, size of ring: M (UK), 6.25 (US)

Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter, New York. Probably acquired by Walter in the UK.

2238

Gold Filigree Minangkabau Gold Bracelet (Galang Gadang)

Minangkabau People, West Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

outside widest diameter: 8.8cm, inside widest diameter: 6cm, width of bezel: 3.5cm, weight: 50g

Provenance

private collection

3527

Nepalese Pair of Woman’s Gold Earrings (Chepti Sun)

Nepal
mid-19th century

diameters: 6cm, combined weight: 22.7g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

1859

Chettiar Gold Marriage Necklace Pendant (Kazhutthuru or Tali)

Nattukottai Chettiar Community, Tamil Nadu, India
19th century

height: 10.5cm, width: 5cm, weight: 70g

Provenance

Private collection, Switzerland.

2237

Rare Pair of Bugis Gold Cuff Bracelets (Tigero Tedong)

Bugis People, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
19th century

height: 8cm, external diameter at widest point: 9cm, internal diameter at smallest point: 5.7cm, weight: 216g (combined)

Provenance

private collection

3286

Javanese Strand of Rare Glass Beads & Gold Foil Beads

Mediterranean, India or perhaps Central Java, Indonesia
circa 700-1000AD or earlier

length: 22.6cm, weight: 57g

Provenance

private collection, London

5185

Indian Gold Gajalakshmi Hair Ornament

Tamil Nadu, South India
19th century

height: 4.8cm width: 4.6cm, thickness: 1.3cm, weight: 20.95g

Provenance

UK private collection

5261

Javanese Necklace of Early Gold Beads

Central Java, Indonesia
Early Classical Period, 8th century

length: 65.3cm weight: 37.7g

Provenance

private collection, London.

4499

Necklace of Rare Hollow Reeded Gold Beads

Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century

length of bead section: 18cm (36cm circumference), weight: 29g

Provenance

UK art market; private collection, London.

4083

Early Ayutthaya/U-Thong Style Gold Buddha

Ayutthaya, Thailand
mid-14th century

height: 17.5cm, width: 6.5cm, weight: 42.75g

Provenance

Acquired in Bangkok prior to World War One by an English traveller, and thence by descent; private UK collection.

2753

Pair of Gold & Coral Ear Ornaments (Godwari or Mendog Kogde)

Sherpa People, Nepal-Tibet
19th century

diameter: 7cm (each), combined weight: 37g

Provenance

UK art market

2610

South Indian Gold Ruby-Set Temple Ear Ornaments

South India
18th-19th century

length: 10cm, maximum width: 3.4cm, combined weight: 87g

Provenance

private collection. UK.

2611

South Indian Gold Emerald & Ruby-Set Temple Ear Ornaments

South India
18th-19th century

lengths: 8cm & 8.3cm, combined weight: 53

Provenance

private collection, UK

2613

Rare South Indian Shiva-Parvati Double Rudraksha Necklace with Ruby-Inset Gold Mounts

South India
18th-19th century

width of pendant: 5.3cm, height of pendant: 7cm, length of necklace: 31cm, weight: 75g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

2492

Liao Dynasty Gold Pendant Earrings

China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

height: 5.3cm, combined weight: 9g

Provenance

private collection, UK

2341

Gold Ring Cast with Kirtimukha Faces & Set with a Garnet

Sri Lanka
19th-early 20th century

internal diameter: 1.3cm, overall maximum width: 2.3cm, weight: 15g, UK size: O, US size: 7

Provenance

UK art market

2493

Liao Dynasty Gold Earrings

China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

height: 3.2cm, width: 2.2cm: combined weight: 6g

Provenance

private collection, UK

5062

Indian Gold Earrings (Kathila)

Kerala, South India
late 19th century

length: 4.2cm, combined weight: 16.21g

Reserved

Provenance

UK art market

5063

Indian Gold Tubular Earrings (Puchikudu)

Tamil Nadu, India
circa 1900

length: 3.7cm, combined wight: 17.43g

Reserved

Provenance

art market, London.

5192

Indian Gold & Pearl Nose Ring

India, probably Rajasthan
circa 1900

width: 3.3cm, weight: 5.05g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5472

Indian Enamelled Gold Earrings with Emeralds & Pearls

India
19th century

length: 2.7cm, combined wight: 4.98g

Provenance

UK art market

5191

Indian Gold & Pearl Nose Ring

India, probably Rajasthan
circa 1900

width: 3.2cm, weight: 3.37g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5073

Indian Woman’s Kibla Compass Shaped as a Gold Mango Pendant

South India
19th century

length: 3.2cm, weight: 8.62g

Reserved

Provenance

UK art market

5186

Indian Gold, Turquoise, Ruby & Pearl Nose Ring

India
late 19th century

diameter: 4.2cm, weight: 7g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5190

Gold & Pearl (Bugdi or Koppu) Ear Studs

Western India
18th-19th century

length: 3.1cm, combined wight: 6.09g

Reserved

Provenance

Private collection, UK.

4995

South Indian Gold Ear Ornament Thandatti

Tamil Nadu, India
19th century

length: 4.2cm, weight: 15.5g

Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired in London.

4994

South Indian Gold Ear Ornament Thandatti

Tamil Nadu, India
19th century

length: 4.3cm, weight: 18.7g

Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired in London.

4997

Gold Tubular Earrings (Murikkilattam)

South India
early 20th century

diameter: 1.5cm, thickness: 1cm, combined weight: 11.44g

Reserved

Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter, New York. Probably acquired by Walter in the UK.

4996

Gold Earrings (Souri)

Tamil Nadu, India
early 20th century

diameter: 2.3cm, combined wight: 18.04g

Reserved

Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter, New York. Probably acquired by Walter in the UK.

4615

Enamelled Gold Jadau Pendant Set with Diamonds & Pearls

Northern India
circa 1850

heights: 5.5cm and 3.5cm (x2), combined weight: 46.12g

Provenance

UK art market