These moulds, cast in brass, were used to create repousse-like designs and to create wax forms for casting gold and silver.
Indian jewellery has a number of common designs and motifs and molds were used to reproduce such designs.
Jeweller’s moulds can be as attractive as the jewellery they were designed to produce.
All three are similar to moulds in the Victoria & Albert Museum and illustrated in Barnard (2008, p, 70) . Other similar moulds are illustrated in Aitken (2004, p. 48-49).
Aitken, M.E., When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection, Asia Society & Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004.
Barnard, N., Indian Jewellery, V&A Publishing, 2008.
Stronge, S., N. Smith & J.C. Harle, A Golden Treasury: Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent, Victoria & Albert Museum/Mapin Publishing, 1988.