Enquiry about object: 4992
Woman’s Enamelled Silver Shirt Stud Ornament (Ta’wiz-Janzir)
Himachal Pradesh, India circa 1900
length: 27cm, weight: 128g
Collection of the late Paul Walter, New York, probably acquired in London.
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This item of enamelled silver is a torso ornament for a woman. It comprises three studs linked by multiple silver chains and a final pendant ornament. Each element is decorated with suspended silver jangles. The studs are designed to pass through the corresponding eyelets in a woman’s upper garment to keep it closed.
The silver coverings of the three studs have floral designs embellished with blue, green and yellow enamel.
The enamel and silverwork suggest this item has its origins in Himachal Pradesh.
Other silver shirt ornaments are illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 230).
Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.