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Pair of bangles

Pair of bangles

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    2nd quarter 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Solid gold, set with uncut rubies

  • Museum number:

    03159:1, 2/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pair of solid gold woman's bangles is set with uncut rubies and dates to the early 19th century. Jewellery had an important place in Burmese royal and aristocratic society. Besides adorning the wearer, it indicated her social status in both her family and society. The sumptuousness of these bangles suggest that they may have originally belonged to a member of the Burmese royal family or to the wife of a high court official.

Physical description

Encircled with three rows of closely set gems. In two parts - hinged and fastened at the centre with a screw with a large gem.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


2nd quarter 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Solid gold, set with uncut rubies


Diameter: 8.2 cm inner, Diameter: 8.9 cm outer

Object history note

Historical significance: The sumptuousness of these articles suggest that they may have originally belonged to a lady of the Burmese royal family or to the wife of a high official of the court of Ava.

Anne Richter (see Ref.) suggests that these were either bracelets or child's anklets.

Descriptive line

Burmese pair of bangles of solid gold set with rubies, Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885), ca. 2nd quarter of the 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Richter, Anne. The Jewelry of Southeast Asia
Thames and Hudson, London 2000. pl.45

1880 Slip Book No 9822
Nandagopal, Choodamani. "Burmese Jewellery From The Collection of THe V&A".
in The Art of Burma - New Studies; ed. Donald M. Stadtner.
Marg Publications, Mumbai 1999. 178p. ill.
ISBN: 81-85026-44-0
Anne Richter; The Jewelry of Southeast Asia, Thames and Hudson, London 2000, pl. 45
cat. no. 30
Burmese art / John Lowry. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1974 Number: 0112901794 :


Gold; Rubies




Gemstones; Jewellery; India Museum

Production Type



South & South East Asia Collection

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