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Pair of earplugs

Pair of earplugs

  • Place of origin:

    Assam (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hollow gold, set with cabochon rubies and lasque emeralds, and decorated with translucent and opaque enamels.

  • Museum number:

    863&A-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pair of gold earplugs of opaque and translucent enamels and lotus flower fronts set with rubies and emeralds would have formed part of a complement of ornaments which included a cascade of necklaces, bracelets and finger rings that were essential items of dress for a Burmese lady of standing during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Pictured here with a Burmese pendant necklace of gold and seed pearls see 03165 (IS).

Physical description

The pair of earplugs are jewelled on the lotus-flower top, and on the wheel-shaped base; enriched at the side with a deep band of cloisonne enamels in cobalt blue, copper green and tin white.

Place of Origin

Assam (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Hollow gold, set with cabochon rubies and lasque emeralds, and decorated with translucent and opaque enamels.

Descriptive line

A pair of 19th century gold earplugs from Assam (then ruled by Burma) have opaque and translucent enamels, and lotus flower fronts set with rubies and emeralds. ca. 19th century

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

Anne Richter; The Jewelry of Southeast Asia Thames and Hudson, London 2000, plate 44

Production Note

Jorhat, Sibsager, N.E. Assam

Materials

Gold; Rubies; Emerald; Enamel

Techniques

Metal-working; Cloisonne; Jewellery-making

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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