Ancient Treasures

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 April, 2009, 12:00am

Next month, an exhibition featuring a collection of jewels from China, India and Southeast Asia will be on show at Altfield Gallery, with all exhibits up for sale.

All the items date back centuries, while the Indian section will include enamelled pieces dating from the 17th to 19th centuries which belonged to the courts of the Mughal princes. Highlights will include a pair of 18th-century diamond-set kada, or bracelets, with a pair of entwined elephant heads and decorated in pink enamel.

Also in the India collection is a collar featuring heavy repouss? workmanship of Tamil goldsmiths. The piece is part of a collection of dowry jewellery originating from the south of India.

Jade dominates the Chinese collection, which includes a pair of white jade birds set on gold straps from the Liao period that were used as hair decorations. Belt buckles, bangles and rings from the Ming and Qing dynasties will also be included in the exhibition.

Finally, the Southeast Asia collection sees pieces mostly from Java and Bali, including gold from the ninth century to the Majapahit period (1293 to about 1500).

The exhibition will run from May 15-25.