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Earrings (India)

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.

  • Ring (India)
  • silver, paste stones, two human teeth.
  • Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt.
  • 1931-84-2
  • Buckles (2) (India)
  • silver gilt, turquoise, coral, glass.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1942-69-5-a/d
  • Earrings (India)
  • turquoise matrix and silver.
  • Gift of Frances Morris.
  • 1951-111-89-a,b

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Earrings (USA)
  • gold.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-38-a,b
  • Earrings (India)
  • gold, green colored stones, coral.
  • Gift of H.H. Princess Niloufer of Turkey and Hyderabad.
  • 1994-119-8-a,b
  • Earring (India)
  • gold, colored stones.
  • Gift of H.H. Princess Niloufer of Turkey and Hyderabad.
  • 1994-119-4-a,b

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.)

Cite this object as

Earrings (India); 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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