Ring with Inscription

East Java


10th Century

1.25 in/3 cm


Rings of this type are inscribed an ancient kawi script with spiritual mantras that invoke good fortune. They are frequently called Majaphait rings in reference to the great 15th Century East Javanese Kingdom but nowadays the general consensus among scholars is that they are earlier, dating to around the first Millennium. This piece is particularly fine and comes from the Georgia Sales Collection.