A set of three earrings or bird rings
Gold, red, blue and green molten glass
Java, Indonesia, 9th century
Height 1,5 / 1 / 1,7 cm
For closely related examples, see: Miksic, J. (2011) Old Javanese Gold – The Hunter Thompson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, p. 167, Pl. 45.
Rings of that type have often been described as bird rings said to have been adorning bird legs in their cages. The amazing wealth discovered by travellers in the region was often described in an enthusiastic manner; some travellers were saying that gold was everywhere in those lands even worn by domestic animals.