Ornament with red stone held in tendrils

Due to the miniscule size of this ornament, it has been suggested that it could have been worn on the legs of pet birds, hence it is known as a ‘bird ring’. However, it is more likely that it was worn on the ear, and such tall gem-set earrings could possibly represent the thunderbolt of Indra, the king of gods in Hindu mythology. Both men and women wore ear ornaments, and they had their earlobes pierced. Javanese statues belonging to this time period depict many styles of ear ornaments. Besides personal adornment, gold was also used to make religious items during this period.

Date/Period
8th- 11th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: H 1.5 x L 1.1
Accession No.
1997-03760
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Gold