Enquiry about object: 8636
Central Javanese Gold Finger Ring
Central Java, Indonesia circa 9th century
weight: 3.62g, Size: K (UK); 5.25 (US)
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.
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.