Ear ornament in fused disc design

This piece of ear ornament was either soldered together from several sections, or cast in a single piece. This period saw the beginning of using heat to work gold and the use of techniques like casting and soldering. Such was the technical sophistication that it is possible that gold working had become a specialised occupation by this time. Unlike the earlier period when gold ornaments were grave offerings, jewellery of this period was made for the living.

Date/Period
8th-11th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: H 0.8 x Dia: 2.1
Accession No.
1997-03782
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Gold