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.
Gallery shows Old Gold," Yale Daily News,