Ring for Priest or Aristocrat

Bali
Gold, rubies and other stones
19th/early 20th Century
1 in/2.5 cm

The Balinese favored colored stones that were known to have magical properties and cared far less about Western values such as cut or clarity. This is a premium example of the South Bali style know for birds on the sides holding the primary stone in with their beaks, a concept known from 15th Century East Java Majaphait times.