Brass or Bronze with a simple naive design
Worn by the adivasi tribal women and men of Odisha
These tribes are extremely vulnerable and are now protected by the government, and direct contact with them is restricted. Their old pieces and traditional arts are therefore difficult to acquire.
Age unknown but estimated to be 50-60 years old
Presented here in as-found condition - all the layers of life lived by the ornament have been retained.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.