Gold from Java
written by Pauline Lunsing Scheurleer
Waanders Publishers | ISBN 9789040003608
Hardback – 128 pages
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Gold jewellery played a large role in the Javanese Court culture. The precious material was even granted a divine power, something also reflected in the way in which the pieces are decorated. Monsters, demons and other aggressive headlines are believed to bring the wearer happiness and protect them from evil forces. The starting point of this publication is the beautiful gold jewellery collection of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. Supplemented by other striking examples from the National Collection of the Netherlands, 'Gold from Java' creates a fascinating picture of the meaning and use of the early Javanese ornament. This is the first time that the history of this Hindu-Buddhist jewellery is presented in such a way.