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Gold Tubular Earrings (Murikkilattam)

South India
early 20th century

diameter: 1.5cm, thickness: 1cm, combined weight: 11.44g



Collection of (the late) Paul Walter, New York. Probably acquired by Walter in the UK.

Earrings such as these are from South India – similar earrings can be seen in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They are of solid, high-grade gold. They are decorated with ribs, applied granulation work and small posts with pyramidal finial.

The earrings open and close with a hinge mechanism. They open and close well.

A related pair of earrings is illustrated in Untracht (1997, p., 443), Borel (1994, p. 142) and Ganguly (2007, p. 166).

The examples here are in excellent condition.


Borel, F., The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels Collection, Thames & Hudson, 1994.

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

Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

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