While ancient Javanese bronze and ironwork have long elicited
interest, there is a lesser-known yet equally fascinating aspect of
the Indonesian island's history: gold artifacts, including jewelry,
clothing accessories, statues, coins, and containers. Not only do
these objects display exceptional craftsmanship, they also provide
a significant source of information on Javanese society, culture,
religion, economy, technology, and art from the 1st century BCE to
This revised and expanded edition of the 1990 publication "Old
Javanese Gold" celebrates Valerie and Hunter Thompson's 2007 gift
of Javanese gold objects to the Yale University Art Gallery and the
subsequent founding of the Department of Indo-Pacific Art. Along
with entirely new photography and a fresh design, the book's essays
have been updated to incorporate recent discoveries--including the
Wonoboyo hoard, one of the most important gold hoards ever
excavated in Southeast Asia.
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