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Ramayana Bowl
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is the most opulent piece of the hoard and is splendidly decorated.

History of the Object
The bowl depicts scenes from the Ramayana epic in elaborate repousse work. This splendid vessel has been made from a thin sheet of hammered gold, with a clay filled base for additional strength. Although Persian in style, the bowl is believed to have been made in China and has been decorated using the repousse technique to depict eight scenes from the Ramayana, or the story of Rama. Given its superb decoration and fragility, it was most likely intended for ceremonial use, although it may not have been designed to hold water or oil, as there are small holes in its sides.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gold repousse 
Measurements
Width 14,4 cm. Height 9,3 cm. Length 28,8 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
10th Century; early 
Function
Probably ceremonial 
Acquisition
Part of the “Wonoboyo hoard”, a cache of gold objects found by farmers in 1990 in the Central Javanese village of Wonoboyo. After the find the objects were transferred to the Museum Nasional 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Nasional 
Museum
National Museum of Indonesia 
Credit line
 

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