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: Pair of Kerala earrings : Pair of Kerala earrings

Pair of Kerala earrings

Type
Earring
Historical period(s)
ca. 1880
Medium
Gold
Dimension(s)
H x W: 9.2 x 5.9 cm (3 5/8 x 2 5/16 in)
Geography
India, Kerala, Travancore
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1990.3a-b
Label
Hollow earrings such as these, in which a loop links a pyramidal form that resembles a faceted stone, are constructed of soldered sheet metal. They are elaborately decorated with applied bead and wire designs of floral, diamond, linear, spiral, and other geometrical forms. Such earrings are typically worn by Muslim women in the southern state of Kerala along the west coast of India.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Keyword(s)
beaded wire, chasing, filigree, India, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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