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Fine, Indian Ramayana Gold Ring

South India, probably Mysore
18th-19th century

weight: 13.49g, length of bezel: 1.5cm, ring size: US - 6; UK - L/M

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Provenance

UK art market

This superb, high-carat, solid gold ring has an octagonal bezel chased and engraved with a group scene of Hindu deities based on the Indian epic Ramayana – the coronation of Rama, which was a popular theme among Mysore artisans and jewellers.

Rama sits on a platform and Sita sits on his lap. The figures of Sugriva, the monkey king, and Hanuman, the monkey general, approach from below.

The underside of the bezel is domed and engraved with a star-burst motif.

The sides of the bezel are bevelled and the hoop has been cast with slight ‘wing’ elements that have the worn remains of engraving.

Aitken (2004, p. 74) illustrates a similar ring attributed to the 18th century.

This very wearable ring has a wonderful colour and a superb patina. Its age is very clear. It is also robust and has good weight.

References

Aitken, M.E., When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection, Asia Society & Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004.

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