Manicure Set (India), probably 19th century
This is a Manicure set. It is dated probably 19th century and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is gilt and filigreed silver, turquoise. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The manicure was an important personal ritual for both men and women in India, as well-groomed hands and nails could signify caste or vocation. Worn as an accessory, this filigreed decorative manicure set would have been pinned to the shoulder of a woman’s clothing or hung from a man’s belt.
This object was
Miss Frances Morris.
It is credited
Gift of Frances Morris.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 24.8 x 6.2 x 0.2 cm (9 3/4 x 2 7/16 x 1/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Manicure Set (India), probably 19th century; gilt and filigreed silver, turquoise; H x W x D: 24.8 x 6.2 x 0.2 cm (9 3/4 x 2 7/16 x 1/16 in.); Gift of Frances Morris; 1951-111-90
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.