A gem-set gold 'flower and bird' priest's ring Bali, Indonesia, 19th - early 20th century | 十九至二十世紀初 印尼峇里 金嵌寶花鳥紋戒指
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection 雪月藏亞洲藝術珍品
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection
A gem-set gold 'flower and bird' priest's ring
Bali, Indonesia, 19th - early 20th century
十九至二十世紀初 印尼峇里 金嵌寶花鳥紋戒指
d. 2.2 cm; 8.6 grams
The red gems are likely to be corundum (ruby/pink sapphire). One of them with a very minute hairline crack. Otherwise, the ring is in good overall condition, with expected very minor wear consistent with age.
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Goldsmiths in Bali are masters of the granulation technique; small gold grains are delicately soldered to the ring surface to create intricate designs. A gold strip is additionally folded over the primary stone, holding the stone and forming a collar around it. Lot 1018 is a remarkable example of the southern Balinese style, with the birds' beaks serve as prongs to hold the primary stone, a concept known from 15th-century East Java Majaphait times.