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Northern Indian Silver Dangling Wedding Earrings

Himachal Pradesh, Northern India
early 20th century

length: 13cm, width: 9cm, combined weight: 106g

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Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired in London.

This pair of over-sized silver bali earrings comprises large silver wire hoops with a lower border with impressed design from which numerous pendant balls, bells and spangles are suspended.

Ganguly (2007, p. 110) reports that such earrings were not worn for long periods – usually only for a short time during the wedding ceremony. On the death of an owner, bali earrings often were broken up and the silver parts were distributed to the owner’s children.

The pair here are in fine condition.

References

Ganguly, W., Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty in India, B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2007.

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