Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia
Ceremonial shield 19th century
8.0 x 46.5 cm
National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta
Gold and gold objects were exchanged throughout the Indonesian archipelago and objects found in one region might reflect popular imagery from another. Many were created by itinerant gold and silver smiths who produced objects specifically to suit the tastes of particular communities.
Although part of the regalia of the non-Muslim peoples of south-east Maluku (Moluccas), this ritual shield displays evidence of foreign artistic influences, including Islam. The vegetal scroll band around the rim and central sun-like medallion are derived from designs on Chinese ceramics imported into the islands by Muslim merchants from Makassar.