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Earrings (India), late 19th century

This is a Earrings. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is gilt and filigreed metal, glass pearls and beads. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Delicate filigree work, which reached its artistic peak in the mid-19th century, necessitated the handiwork of wire-drawers and twisters, solderers, polishers, and jewelry assemblers. Since precious metal jewelry was sold by weight in India, filigree work was popular, as it required a minimal amount of metal to create a dramatic effect.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Good as Gold.

This object was donated by Miss Frances Morris. It is credited Gift of Frances Morris.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 cm (3 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Earrings (India), late 19th century; gilt and filigreed metal, glass pearls and beads; H x W x D: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 cm (3 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 3/16 in.); Gift of Frances Morris; 1951-111-88-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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