When I look at some\u00a0 of the ornaments from the past, they leave me awestruck!\nThe art & craft within them is doubtlessly stunning. But beyond that, there is an element of mystery.\nA mystery that may be solved only by time travel \u2013 since there is very little visual evidence that explains HOW these pieces were worn.\nA few examples\n\u00a0\nSET 1: A PAIR OF \u2018NAG\u2019 (KING COBRA) RINGS\n\nThis majestic Nag looks daunting but is less than 2cm tall. The ring formed by snakes\u2019s coils opens up and when closed it has the diameter of about 0.7 cm. The question remains \u2013 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?\n\nSET 2: WOVEN EAR RINGS.\nEach of these has an outer diameter of about 2cm and is about 0.7cm thick. Where would these fit?\n\n\u00a0\nIn 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!\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe gold-thread-weaving is simply fantastic!\n\nSET 3: A THREE DIMENSIONAL PAIR. \nThe second picture shows the 3-D effect. What was the purpose of having such dangerously pointed earrings? Were these earrings?\n\n\n\u00a0\nSET 4: \u00a0\u00a0 HEAVY PIECES WITH LONG END. \nMaybe these are worn in a earhole at the top of the ear?\n\n\nSET 6: LARGE PIECES \nThese are similar to the pieces seen in the sculptures of Angkor Wat. Almost as large as ears!\n\n\nSET 7 : AN EXQUISITE PIECE FILLED WITH SHELLAC\nThe Kirti Mukh Motif decorates this piece that has a unique format in which the earring hangs perpendicular to to the plane of the earlobe.\n\nThere are 2-3 other pieces\u00a0 in the collection that have confused experts and need to be explored further.\nIf you have any such pieces please share pictures. And if you have information about such pieces please share that too!\n\nThe beauty if the art and the enigma of the form is so mind-consuming and addictive!! But what a happy addiction to have!\njm\nNovember 2013\nThe post Mystical Gold Ornaments from the past appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.