Dish with geomatric wave pattern

This display of disk-shaped ornaments highlights the ingenuity of Southeast Asian communities, as they encountered and absorbed a variety of cultural ideas through the long ebb and flow of their history. The beaten gold dishes and plates of Southeast Maluku boldly display emblems of beasts, plants and divine human figures. Communities that had adopted Islam, like the Bugis of South Sulawesi, however, softened these into stylised abstractions. New techniques of filigree, red staining and granulation lent a new intricacy to their ornaments.

Artist Name
Maluku People
Date/Period
19th century or earlier
Region
Babar, Southeast Maluku, Eastern Indonesian Archipelago
Dimension
Object size: 18.7 x 18.7 x 0.8 cm
Accession No.
2002-00727
Material
Gold
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Gold