Past Exhibitions
Crown Top or Usnisha Cover, Java, 650–1000. Gold sheet and gold wire with a crystal finial. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Valerie and Hunter Thompson

Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection

  • March 25, 2011–August 14, 2011
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 gifted to the Yale University Art Gallery by Hunter Thompson, one of the founding donations to the Gallery’s new Department of Indo-Pacific Art, including jewelry, sculpture, coins, statues, containers, and accessories.
Installation organized by Ruth Barnes, the Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery. 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.

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