Belt Buckle

South Sumatra, Indonesia
Gold openwork with mica underlay
19th century

The East Indies Museum is an online museum exhibiting an eclectic array of traditional artworks from insular southeast Asia. This vast area encompassing the Malay, Indonesian and Philippine archipelagos, was for centuries informally known as the East Indies and includes the modern-day nations of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Timor Leste.

We would like to dedicate this endeavor to the artists and craftsmen who designed and created these remarkable works - especially the men and women who labored in obscurity and whose names will never be known.



Bali, Indonesia
Finely carved wooden celestial half-human, half-bird statue.
Late 19th / Early 20th C.

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