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Turban jewel; gold; pierced; asymmetric leaf-shaped; set with one table and seven cabochon emeralds; scrolls between settings.
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Length: 1.85 inches
- Curator's comments
- According to Richard Blurton (Asia) and Susan Stronge (V&A), this piece uses the kundan technique, which is uniquely Indian. Highly refined gold can be manipulated with tools alone, therefore not requiring heat. The gold is worked around the stones to keep them in place. The gold would be hollow, probably filled with lac, which would help to keep the stones in place. The lack of enamel on the back suggests a central Indian provenance, since Mughal jewellery is always enamelled on the reverse.
The asymmetry of the piece suggests that it is a turban jewel and one of a pair.
See Oppi Untracht, 'Traditional Jewelry of India' (Thames and Hudson), pp.366-67 for a description of the kundan technique.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 May 11-, Great North Museum, Newcastle, LT Loan
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