8636

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    Central Javanese Gold Finger Ring

    Central Java, Indonesia
    circa 9th century

    weight: 3.62g, Size: K (UK); 5.25 (US)

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    Provenance

    Estate Collection of Tom White MBE, a former UK diplomat who served in Southeast Asia in the 1960s & 1970s.

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    This heavy, lost-wax cast gold ring dates to around the 9th century, and is from Central Java.

    The bezel has been chiselled and engraved with comma-shaped incisions and scrollwork in relief.

    The hoop has varying thickness consistent with wear that comes from use.

    Rings were bestowed on Brahmins, officials and laymen during temple consecration ceremonies in ancient Java (Polak, 2022, p. 221).

    The ring is stable and wearable.

    References

    Bremer, S., Goud der Goden: Uitt het oude Java, Wereldmuseum Rotterdam Publishers, 2014.

    Lunsingh Scheurleer, P., Gold from Java/Goud uit Java, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag/W Books, 2012.

    Miksic, J., Old Javanese Gold, Ideation, 1990.

    Polak, J., Ancient Indonesian Gold of the Central and Eastern Javanese Periods 750-1550: A Selection, C. Zwartenkot Art Books, 2022.

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