Braid ornament (choti)

Historical period(s)
late 19th-early 20th century
Medium
Gold, silver, cotton, and rubies
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 40.5 x 10.1 cm (15 15/16 x 4 in)
Geography
India, Tamil Nadu
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1991.5
On View Location
Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Ornament

Keywords
chasing, flower, India, inlay, Krishna, repousse, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Francois Rabier

Label

Gold jewelry given to a bride remains her property throughout her life. A liquid asset that may be sold in times of need, it is also desired for its beauty. The elegantly tapered form of this hair ornament evokes the poetic archetype of the beloved's braid as a sinuous snake. The largest medallion depicts the Hindu deity Krishna dancing beneath a multi-headed serpent.

Published References
  • Dr. Carol R. Bolon Amita Sarin. Metaphors in Gold: The Jewelry of India. vol. 6, no. 4 New York, Fall 1993. pp. 24-25, fig. 7.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum