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Gold, Turquoise, Ruby & Pearl Nose Ring
India
late 19th century

diameter: 4.2cm, weight: 7g

This splendid gold nose ring or nath is prominently decorated with multiple pearls, and rubies and turquoise in gold box settings.

Mostly worn by Hindu women in India, such nose rings or
naths also were worn by Indian Muslim women who, historically, have been acculturated with Hindu
ways.

Generally, they were worn by married women - as an indicator of their married status - usually through a piercing in the left nostril. Once a woman was
widowed, her
nath was discarded.

The example here is particularly fine and well made, with all the elements secured into place with fine gold wire. It is in excellent condition.

References:
Utracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

Provenance: private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 5186

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