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Pair of Indian Silver Flower-Form Ear Plugs

India, probably Delhi
19th century

diameters: 3cm, combined weight: 13.49g

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Provenance

Collection of the late Paul Walter, New York, probably acquired in London.

The form of this unusual pair of ear plugs appears to be based on the jasmine flower. Each comprises seven small half spheres joined with and further decorated by applied granulation work.

Loops along the tubular post would have allowed a chain go over the ear and back to the post behind the ear lobe.

The pair have a wonderful softness and patina from age and handling.

Ear plugs of related form are illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 366).

References

Geoffroy-Schneiter, B., Asian Jewellery: Ethnic Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Belts, Head Ornaments, Skira, 2011.
Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

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