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Golden Hoard of Limbang
Golden Hoard
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It was a rare discovery and is a unique collection in the Brunei Museums. There are 25 pieces of solid gold, and the collection consists of rings, chains, pendants, a part of the top of a gold box and other ornaments including two of which seem to be associated with phallic worship. It is also shows the existence of Hindu influences of Majapahit in Brunei. The inscription on this ring is the only piece of writing so far known on any gold object from west Borneo.

History of the Object
They appear to be of Hindu origin and were probably brought from Java when Brunei was a dependency of Majapahit.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
various 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Java or India 
Geography
Indonesia or India 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
12th Century; or 13th Century 
Function
Used for ornaments or as a seal base of an inscription on the ring. The inscription on the seal comprises four letters with ornamental flourishes on either side. The four characters are A-Ra-Kta-Ra. These inscriptions are Nagari of the 12 – 13th century AD. They are similar to Kalinga (Orissa) inscriptions of equal date. The letters may present the name of the merchant or prince. 
Acquisition
Unknown 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of Brunei Museums Department. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Brunei Museums Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Brunei Darussalam 
Museum
Brunei Museum 
Credit line
Brunei Museums Department, Brunei Darussalam 

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