From about 1890
Mrs. Bhagwan Kaur, Punjab, India, from about 1890 
Ms. Rajinder K. Keith and and Ms. Narinder K. Keith, Washington, DC, by descent from Mrs. Bhagwan Kaur, to 1988 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Ms. Rajinder K. Keith and and Ms. Narinder K. Keith in 1988
 These ornaments were made in c. 1890 for Mrs. Bhagwan Kaur, wife of Sardar Thakur Singh Keith, a Revenue Officer in the state of Punjab. They were then handed down to her daughter-in-law, and eventually to her grand-daughters (the donors) who now reside in the Washington area. For more family history, see object file (according to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record).
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Mrs. Bhagwan Kaur
Narinder Kaur Keith
Rajinder Kaur Keith
Women's hair ornaments (passas) from the state of Punjab were worn attached to each other by a cord over the head. Hanging on either side of the forehead, they are called passas," meaning "sides." During the Mughal period, this type of hair ornament became prevalent in India and was often included in a bride's dowry. Made in the late nineteenth century, this pair reflects the continuation of an aspect of Mughal taste after the decline of the empire. The "diamond-cut" technique applied to the decoration imparts extra brilliance to the twenty-four-carat gold.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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