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Gold & Pearl (Bugdi or Koppu) Ear Studs
Western India
18th-19th century

length: 3.1cm, combined wight: 6.09g

This exceptional pair of complex bugdi or koppu ear studs is of gold with heads of dozens of pearls, all secured by gold wire, surrounding a single ruby,
similarly secured.

The fasteners at the other ends screw in and comprise a cluster of pyramidal tips and have an overall clove-like form.

Usually, these were worn in the upper part of the ear.

The pair is in excellent condition, without losses.

References:
Aitken, M.E., When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection, Asia Society & Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004.
Ganguly, W.,
Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India, B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2007.

Provenance: Private collection, UK.

Inventory no.: 5190 RESERVED

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