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    Art of Adornment: Southeast Asian Jewelry from the James and Elaine Connell Collection
    October 20, 2012–August 3, 2014

    Our bodies are moving canvases; the ornaments we wear are seen from different angles, in bright sun and evening shadows, at simple gatherings and fancy events. While jewelry often proclaims the wealth and status of its owner, each object can also tell other stories. These are stories of the cycle of life—engagements, weddings, births, deaths. Jewelry can function as a talisman, encapsulating our wishes for protection or hopes for prosperity.

    This remarkable selection of jewelry is from the James and Elaine Connell Collection. After donating their collection of Thai ceramics to the Asian Art Museum in 1989, the Connells began collecting jewelry, selecting rare objects from a wide range of Southeast Asian cultures. The pieces of jewelry come primarily from Indonesia but also include examples from the Philippines, Malaysia, and Burma.

    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Silver
    Object Number: 2012.14.1-.2
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.38.1-.2
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gold and gilt silver
    Object Number: 2012.15
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.39.1-.2
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gold, gilt silver and copper
    Object Number: 2012.16
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.40
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.17.1-.2
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gold with granulation and "muti slah" beads
    Object Number: 2012.41
    Place of Origin: Indonesia or Malaysia
    Date Made: approx. 1910-1940
    Materials: Hornbill
    Object Number: 2012.56
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1900
    Materials: Gilded silver with rubies
    Object Number: 2012.18.1-.2
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1800-1850
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.42
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1900-1950
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.43.1-.2
    Place of Origin: Philippines
    Date Made: 1900-1950
    Materials: Woven copper, copper bells and glass beads
    Object Number: 2012.58
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1900-1950
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.44
    Place of Origin: Indonesia
    Date Made: approx. 1850-1950
    Materials: Gold
    Object Number: 2012.20.1-.2