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Hair ornaments - Head Ornaments

Head Ornaments

  • Object:

    Hair ornaments

  • Place of origin:

    Pune (and, made)
    Bangalore (and, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, silver, lac

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Head ornament representing the sun, with a lotus motif ( an attribute of the sun god Surya).

Place of Origin

Pune (and, made)
Bangalore (and, made)


ca. 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, silver, lac


Diameter: 60 mm, Thickness: 7 mm

Descriptive line

Head Ornament, Gold worked in reposse, c.1880, Pune.

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

Susan Stronge, Nima Smith, and J.C. Harle. A Golden Treasury : Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent London : Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad, 1988. ISBN: 0944142168
pps. 120-123
Jackson, Anna and Ji Wei (eds.) with Rosemary Crill, Ainsley M. Cameron and Nicholas Barnard, compiled by the Palace Museum, translated by Yuan Hong, Qi Yue and Liu Ran. The Splendour of India' Royal Courts : Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Beijing: the Forbidden City Publishing House, 2013. Text in English and Chinese. ISBN 9787513403917.
pp.28-9, pl. 1.23
Indian Jewellery: The V&A Collection London: V&A Publishing, 2008 Number: ISBN 9781851774838
p. 157, cat. no. 143
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.

Production Note

Purchased in India for the Museum by Caspar Purdon Clarke in 1880-82.

Subjects depicted

Bird; Lotus; Snake (animal)


ELISE; Jewellery; Metalwork


South & South East Asia Collection

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