Travel results in exposure.\u00a0Exposure to the lifestyles of others.\u00a0And to the Art within that lifestyle.\nExposure \u00a0results in desires.\nDesires result in quests.\nQuests can be classified loosely into 3 types:\na) Quests that continue all life long \u2013 waiting \u2013 unfulfilled.\nb) Quests that lose their steam over time or more realistically over some new thought \u00a0that kills the attraction instantly.\nc) Quests that end in the most fulfilling way possible: acquisition.\n***\nOn my way out of Jaisalmer to a remote village some years ago, a beautiful settlement caught my attention and I went in with the driver.\n\u00a0\n\nThis man saw us and seeing \u2018outsiders\u2019 he come to speak to us. He was very welcoming on behalf of his village and I took that chance to ask him about this and that and everything else.\n\nI was struck by his earrings and he explained that these are modelled on a desert vegetable called \u2018gokhru\u2019 that has all kinds of benefits.\n\n\nAfter a long happy chat, I left. But the visual of the earrings did not leave me.\nThe quest had begun. \u00a0Which of the three types was this one going to be?\nI actively looked for these earrings for awhile but had no luck.\nDid not find a single pair \u2013 old or new. Outside of that region, no one had even heard of this type.\nAnd soon my quest faded away\u2026.\nUntil one day, years later I found these on the internet and recognised them visually. And eventually acquired them. Thus ended that quest.\nIt made me realise that \u2018the journey is the reward\u2019\u00a0\u2013 a much acclaimed quote by Steve Jobs is not always true.\nArriving at the destination was definitely sweeter than the journey of this quest! Holding it and doting on it and wearing it is far sweeter than seeking it \u2026..\nFew might see the 11 grams of gold as a treasure, but to me this remarkable masterpiece is more valuable than a brick of 100 grams of 24 karat gold.\nFor in this piece, there are 3 things that money cannot buy \u2013 a lost art, age and a vanishing culture.\nThis piece is priceless!\nMay life be filled with more quests \u2026 fulfilled ones would be great but even unfulfilled ones will do just as well \u2013 for they give life a little edge, a little thrill and a little something to look forward to.\n***\nA very similar pair, dated 1853 may be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum (see page 76 of Nick Barnard\u2019s book Indian Jewelry).\nView more of this exquisite ornament \u2013 asset 1327- on WOVENSOULS.COM here.\u00a0\n\u00a0\n***\nJaina Mishra\n\u00a0\n\nThe post \u00a0 Wearing Art \u2013 Bhil Tribal Earrings appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.