The Balinese gold ring is decorated with applied filigree and granulation, and is studded with four diamonds. The quality of goldsmithing and gem setting on Balinese jewellery owned by the aristocracy were known to be exceptionally high, as seen from this ring. Jewellery has many different functions in island Southeast Asia, for example it was used to indicate social positions, to symbolise the importance of the social relationship between the giver and the receiver during gift exchanges, and to serve as miniature religious objects.

Early-mid 20th century
Bali, Lesser Sunda Islands
Object size: 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin

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