Jhumar (hair ornament)

Historical period(s)
ca. 1890
H x W x D (overall): 12 x 6.6 x 0.4 cm (4 3/4 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

From about 1890
Mrs. Bhagwan Kaur, Punjab, India, from about 1890 [1]

To 1989
Ms. Rajinder K. Keith and and Ms. Narinder K. Keith, Washington, DC, by descent from Mrs. Bhagwan Kaur, to 1988 [2]

From 1989
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Ms. Rajinder K. Keith and and Ms. Narinder K. Keith in 1988


[1] 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 S1988.53.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Bhagwan Kaur
Narinder Kaur Keith
Rajinder Kaur Keith

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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