Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection

Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection

In the early centuries of the Common Era, a civilization rose up in Indonesia that became a locus of trade, culture, and religion, the most impressive traces of which were found on the island of Java. Ancient Javanese artifacts in gold display exceptional skill and artistry and are a significant source of information on aspects of Javanese society, culture, religion, economy, and technology. Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection presents a selection of around 200 objects from the Hunter Thompson Collection, one of the founding donations to the Gallery’s new Department of Indo-Pacific Art, including jewelry, sculptures, coins, statues, containers, and accessories.

  In conjunction with this installation, the Gallery is pleased to republish the classic 1990 publication Old Javanese Gold, by John Miksic, which will be available in May.

Installation made possible by Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971;James H. Slater, B.A.1944;
and an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

See “Art Gallery shows ‘Old Gold,’” Yale Daily News, 3/29/11

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