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Head ornament

Head ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Rajasthan (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silver, gold, glass and enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. Ganguly

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Oranment worn by married women on the hairline on the central parting on the forehead. The differing shapes are specific to the different tribal and cast groups to which the women belong. The shapes of the ornaments are inspired by fruits and each has a ring at the top as a fastening for a textile cord.

Place of Origin

Rajasthan (made)


20th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

silver, gold, glass and enamel

Object history note

These ornaments are part of the large donation of Indian folk jewellery from Dr Waltraud Ganguly which was collected over the last few decades before her death in 2015 from dealers in both India and Europe, in parallel with extensive fieldwork she carried out in the Indian Sub-Continent. They were shown at the exhibition in the Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany, 18 October 2013 - 18 January 2014. They were purchased in October 2002 as a group from a local goldsmith, Kailashchand Chandraprakash, at his shop, Shrinathji, in Kota where he had moved some forty years before from Ajmer. He charged 10 Rupees per gram.

Historical context note

A borla may be worn alone or together with two attached chain ornaments.

Descriptive line

Head ornament, borla, from Rajasthan

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

Ganguly, Waltraud. Indian folk jewellery : designs and techniques Delhi, 2015




South & South East Asia Collection

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