Mystical Gold Ornaments from the past

November 19, 2013

When I look at some  of the ornaments from the past, they leave me awestruck!

The art & craft within them is doubtlessly stunning. But beyond that, there is an element of mystery.

A mystery that may be solved only by time travel – since there is very little visual evidence that explains HOW these pieces were worn.

A few examples

 

SET 1: A PAIR OF ‘NAG’ (KING COBRA) RINGS

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-10

This majestic Nag looks daunting but is less than 2cm tall. The ring formed by snakes’s coils opens up and when closed it has the diameter of about 0.7 cm. The question remains – what part of the body does this adorn? Were these for humans? Were these for carrier pigeons? Were these for adorning statues of Gods? Did these adorn hair braids?

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-11

SET 2: WOVEN EAR RINGS.

Each of these has an outer diameter of about 2cm and is about 0.7cm thick. Where would these fit?

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-8

 

In India every woman wears earrings. And over the years, earlobes get distended and ear holes elongate from the weight of the earring and often tear. These are then surgically sutured or glued. This happens when normal small earrings are worn continuously so I wonder about the impact of these heavy pieces with the large hoops that require large earholes!

 

 

The gold-thread-weaving is simply fantastic!

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-9

SET 3: A THREE DIMENSIONAL PAIR.

The second picture shows the 3-D effect. What was the purpose of having such dangerously pointed earrings? Were these earrings?

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-6

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-7

 

SET 4:    HEAVY PIECES WITH LONG END.

Maybe these are worn in a earhole at the top of the ear?

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-2

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-3

SET 6: LARGE PIECES

These are similar to the pieces seen in the sculptures of Angkor Wat. Almost as large as ears!

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-4

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-5

SET 7 : AN EXQUISITE PIECE FILLED WITH SHELLAC

The Kirti Mukh Motif decorates this piece that has a unique format in which the earring hangs perpendicular to to the plane of the earlobe.

INDIAN-GOLD-EARRINGS-1

There are 2-3 other pieces  in the collection that have confused experts and need to be explored further.

If you have any such pieces please share pictures. And if you have information about such pieces please share that too!

VIEW TIMELESS ART FROM THE VANISHING CULTURES OF ASIA

The beauty if the art and the enigma of the form is so mind-consuming and addictive!! But what a happy addiction to have!

jm

November 2013

The post Mystical Gold Ornaments from the past appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.





Also in Wovensouls Blog on Textile Art, Ethnic Jewelry, Folk Paintings & Manuscripts

No Shoes Indoors

May 09, 2019

The origins of this  gently-but-strictly enforced rule in all traditional Asian homes might be many. But I think the real reason is the art that is displayed on the floor…. … Continue reading

The post No Shoes Indoors appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.

Continue Reading

A Note on Phulkari Classification

April 30, 2019

A compilation of my jottings on Phulkaris Textiles of Punjab

The post A Note on Phulkari Classification appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.

Continue Reading

Bronze Art for the Rug Lover

April 24, 2019

Bronze Art by Franz Bergman seen on the internet: Cute eh? Shall we conclude that he loved rugs as well? These are cold-painted bronzes which were first cast in the … Continue reading

The post Bronze Art for the Rug Lover appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.

Continue Reading