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Gold & Pearl (Bugdi or Koppu) Ear Studs

Western India
18th-19th century

length: 3.1cm, combined wight: 6.09g

Reserved

Provenance

Private collection, UK.

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.

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