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Bracelet - The Warrior

The Warrior

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jardine, Barbara, born 1951 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ebony, silver, beetle shell, tourmalines and almandine garnet

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 37, shelf B, box 3

With the exception of the portrait miniature, the use of the human form in jewellery is seldom purely representational. In the 1970s aspects such as humour, eroticism and symbolism were also present.

The 'Warrior' bracelet was described in 2006, as follows: 'The woman whose head forms one terminal of the warrior bracelet has a stern, sad face. Perhaps she is an Amazon, perhaps a goddess of war." Jardine refuses to pin her down, but has written; "In her hands she holds a drop of blood. Is it her own blood or sacrificial ? I don't know, but it is the continuous cycle of life and death, war and peace.' Viewers must decide for themselves.

The 'Warrior' bracelet was acquired from her Degree Show at the Royal College of Art, London. She also studied at the Central School of Art and Design, London. After graduating, she returned to her home in Trinidad, becoming one of the island's first artist jewellers.

Jardine's jewellery is figurative and has a strong sculptural expression. She tends to use organic materials in combination with gold. Among the materials Jardine favours are ebony, recycled ivory, opals and moonstones, abalone and pearls. But the medium she has made completely hers is turtle-shell, used hundreds of years ago by West Indian craftsmen whose techniques are now lost, but which Jardine has reinvented.

Physical description

A penannular hoop of ebony, the terminals carved as a female head and a hand. The figure wears a head-dress of silver, beetle shell and tourmalines, while the hand holds a spherical almandine garnet in its palm. The hoop is hinged opposite the terminals.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1974 (made)


Jardine, Barbara, born 1951 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Ebony, silver, beetle shell, tourmalines and almandine garnet

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 7.2 cm

Descriptive line

Bracelet of carved ebony representing a female warrior, by Barbara Jardine, London, 1974.

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

Barbara Jardine, Goldsmith, Trinidad and Tobago 2006


Ebony; Silver; Beetle shell; Tourmalines; Almandine garnet


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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