Wendy Parker

Gift of the Gods

Gift of the Gods: Jewellery Traditions from Borobudur the Bayon and Bali

Wendy Parker

2009

Wendy Parker presented research on Jewellery of South-East Asia to an audience at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the TAASA Conference, Jewelly and Adornment of Asia. The following is an abstract from this presentation:

Golden Jewellery in South East Asia is preserved as both artifact and as a living tradition. It is linked through the use of this precious material, its associated metal working technologies and its decorative motifs and forms. These are represented in the sculptural friezes of the ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples of Indonesia and Cambodia and in the living traditions of Bali. Similar ornaments are depicted as worn and born on bodies of stone, bronze and living flesh. Through these representations, insights into personal adornment, ornamentation, dress codes and cultural context are connected over distance and time.

2009 Parker, W. ‘Gifts of the Gods: Jewellery Traditions from Borodor, The Bayon and Bali’. The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA) 18 (3): 10-12.

Gift of the Gods

Heirloom ornaments, Temple Festival Tenganen, Bali. Photograph: Robert Parker

Heirloom ornaments, Temple Festival Tenganen, Bali. Photograph: Robert Parker
Heirloom ornaments, Temple Festival Tenganen, Bali. Photograph: Robert Parker
Heirloom ornaments, Temple Festival Tenganen, Bali. Photograph: Robert Parker