Pair of Kerala earrings

Historical period(s)
ca. 1880
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
H x W: 9.2 x 5.9 cm (3 5/8 x 2 5/16 in)
Geography
India, Kerala state, Travancore
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1990.3a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Earring

Keywords
beaded wire, chasing, filigree, India, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
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.

Published References
  • Dr. Carol R. Bolon, Amita Sarin. Metaphors in Gold: The Jewelry of India. vol. 6, no. 4 New York, Fall 1993. pp. 28-30, fig. 13.
  • Feldman Hapsburg. Gold: Important Ancient and Ethnic Jewellery. Geneva. cat. 39, pp. 34-35.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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