Jhumar, (hair ornament)

Historical period(s)
ca. 1890
H x W x D (overall): 12.3 x 6.6 x 0.4 cm (4 13/16 x 2 5/8 x 3/16 in)
India, Punjab
Credit Line
Gift of Rajinder K. Keith and Narinder K. Keith in honor of their mother, Sardarni Karam Kaur Keith
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork


beaded wire, India, twisted wire, wirework, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

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
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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