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Gold ornaments
A-1570
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The two rings set are probably earrings, with inferior diamonds, bar-and-socket joints and wire hinges. The plaque of repoussé work depicting the Javanese kala (also known as banaspati and kirthimukha) has flexible chains. The kala motif is a protective symbol found at the entrance of Hindu and Javanese temples dating from the 8th to 14th centuries.

History of the Object
These were part of a cache of gold ornaments discovered at Fort Canning Hill in Singapore, by labourers excavating for a reservoir in 1928.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Rings: Internal diameter 0.9cm, External diameter 1.95cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Java; (possibly) 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
14th Century 
Function
Jewelry. 
Acquisition
Transferred from old museum collection to current museum. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Singapore 
Museum
National Museum of Singapore 
Credit line
National Museum of Singapore collection 

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