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1522-B Set of Twelve Majapahit Prambanan Javanese Gold Rings

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Set of 12 Gold Rings with precious stones

One has two stones, one has none and all others have one stone

Crafted so that the gemstones is held in a crown of ornamented claws resembling the Prambanan Temples

Various precious and semi-precious stones have been used.

Prambanan area,Central Java

 One theory is that these are the temple rings mentioned in the Copper Plate Taji Charters of King Balitung : presents  of gold rings decorated with a temple having one jewel at its top - all of fixed weight - were offered to official persons who attended ceremonies.

Another theory is that these are bird rings used to adorn the legs of pet birds in cages.

Age unknown.

Very good condition

 Each is less than 1 cm tall

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 OTHER EXAMPLES:

1) YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

https://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/123646

2) ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSUEM

https://roots.sg/Roots/learn/collections/listing/1111710

3) MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON

https://www.mfah.org/art/detail/133277

 



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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.

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