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Gold Tubular Earrings (Murikkilattam)
South India
early 20th century

diameter: 1.5cm, thickness: 1cm, combined weight: 11.44g

Earrings such as these are from South India - similar earrings can be seen in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They are of solid, high-grade gold. They are decorated
with ribs, applied granulation work and small posts with pyramidal finial.

The earrings open and close with a hinge mechanism. They open and close well.

A related pair of earrings is illustrated in Untracht (1997, p., 443), Borel (1994, p. 142) and Ganguly (2007, p. 166).

The examples here are in excellent condition.

References:
Borel, F., The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels Collection, Thames & Hudson, 1994.
Ganguly, W.,
Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India, B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2007.
Untracht, O.,
Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

Provenance: Collection of (the late) Paul Walter, New York. Probably acquired by Walter in the UK.

Inventory no.: 4997

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