A Pair of Pambadam Ear Ornaments South India, Tamil Nadu c. 1900 Metal alloy 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) wide
Traditionally, these ear ornaments would have been worn as a sign of prestige and respectability amongst South Indian communities. Both men and women would start stretching their earlobes at a young age, as the length of earlobes was indicative of high caste. They simultaneously represent the three worlds (Triloka) of Hindu belief: the physical (earthly) world, the astral plane, and the spiritual universe of the gods.
Makara Bangle (Makaranathi) India Dated 1869 Gold and rubies
Makara Bangle (Makaranathi) India Dated 1869 Gold and rubies 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) in diameter
Provenance: From the collection of renowned and respected philanthropist Mary Jane Lampton Peabody (1921-2015)
The bracelet features repoussé details that include foliate designs and two makara heads facing one another with protruding ruby eyes. Between the makaras is a round sphere that holds the screw fastening mechanism. The inside rim bears the mark “Eugénie” with crown and the year 1869.
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