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    Pair of Indian Silver Sun-Burst Ear Plugs

    India, probably Gujarat
    19th century-early 20th century

    diameter: approximately 4.6cm, depth: 2cm, combined weight: 34g

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    Provenance

    UK art market

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    This fine pair if large silver ear plugs is from India and was intended for a woman with significant distended ear lobes.

    Each has a round silver disk repoussed (worked from behind) with a six-pointed star-burst motif surrounded by small floral motifs within borders of punched dots and braiding.

    The disks are double skinned in that the backs are covered with an additional silver plate. Attached to each is a cylindrical plug component that was inserted through a large hole in the ear. Each of this has a small lip to keep the plug in.

    Both are in excellent condition. They have obvious age and splendid patinas. They are accompanied by s small metal display stand.

    References

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

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