AK-MAK-271

Earring with Animal Head, Indonesia, Java, c. 1300 - c. 1500, gold, h 3cm × w 3cmCourtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

In Ancient Java, gold ornaments were worn by both men and women and the making of gold jewellery reached a high art, particularly during the 13th and 15th centuries. This selection shows examples from various periods and styles, including hightly detailed figurative pieces from East Java. Some illustrate mythological creatures, such as Garuda, or auspicious symbols for ptotection and good fortune.

AK-MAK-272

Hair Jewellery, Indonesia, Java, 1400 - 1500, gold, 2.2 centimeters × h × d b 4,0cm 1,7cmCourtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1175

Earring with Demon Face, Indonesia, Java, c. 1200 - c. 1400, gold, h 3.6cmCourtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1176-B

Couple female figurines, East Java, ca. 1300 - ca. 1 400, gold, repoussé, H 3.5cm × W 6,0cmCourtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1178

Four Angular ornament, East Javanese, ca. 1300 - ca. 1400  gold, H 1.5cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1220

Ear ornament, East Javanese, 1300 - 1400, gold, H × W 6cm 2,3cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1227

Golden plate with Garuda, East Javanese, 1300 - 1400, gold, H × W 3,0cm 4,8cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1244

Decorative Plate from an Ear Disc, East Javanese, c. 1300 - c. 1600, gold, d 5.8cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1249

Ring with luck symbol (Shri), East Javanese, ca. 800 - ca. 1200, gold, d 2cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1294

Shame Plate for a woman, East Javanese, ca. 1300 - ca. 1400, gold, repoussé, h 9,0cm × 9,5cm b. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1307

Necklace, East Javanese, c. 900 - c. 1000, gold, l 29.0cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-MAK-1325

Pair of Earrings, Java, c. 1200 - c. 1400, gold, d 4.8cm. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

AK-RAK-1978-4

Turned ring, Indo-Javanese, 800 - 1600, gold, d 2,3cmCourtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. 

AK-RAK-1983-2

Ring, decorated with lotus seeds, Java, 800 - 1000, gold, 2.2 centimeters d. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.