A gold and tumbled crystal 'four-pointed star' ring Khmer, Angkor period, 9th - 13th century | 九至十三世紀 高棉吳哥王朝 金嵌水晶四角星形戒指
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 gold and tumbled crystal 'four-pointed star' ring
Khmer, Angkor period, 9th - 13th century
九至十三世紀 高棉吳哥王朝 金嵌水晶四角星形戒指
d. 1.9 cm; 29.6 grams
Good overall condition. Expected very minor wear to the ring. Some dirt along the small cracks, consistent with age.
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The Khmer Empire was a powerful state in Southeast Asia from the 9th to 15th century. At its peak, it controlled present-day Cambodia and large areas of Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos.
Before and during the Khmer Empire, the region was heavily influenced by India. In the later 8th century, the Javanese conquered part of the Pre-Angkorian empire, which greatly influenced the style of ornamentation found in the Angkor period. The Hindu-Buddhist iconography became prominent, as seen in a group of gold rings in the collection.
The most remarkable group of rings in this collection come from the Angkor period. These rings can be stylistically identified by the architectural features mirrored in the goldwork, reminiscent of details found on the friezes of the Angkor Wat temple complex. Their superb craftsmanship and sumptuousness suggests the rings were made for the royal court.