Ear ornament with Hamsa motif

This ornament is mounted on a hoop and features Hamsa, which represents Vishnu in the form of the swan. Both men and women wore ear ornaments and they had their earlobes pierced. Although India-derived symbols were used in Javanese jewellery during this period of time, the nature of that interaction between indigenous and Indian culture remains a subject of debate. Besides jewellery, gold was also used to make religious items during this period.

Date/Period
8th- 11th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: L0.8 x H1.4 cm
Accession No.
1997-03684
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng
Category
Gold

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