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Nose ornament - Nose pendant (bulak)

Nose pendant (bulak)

  • Object:

    Nose ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Kulu, India (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold or gilt metal set with turquoise and pearl simulants, green glass and seed pearls

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This nose pendant is made of gilt metal set with turquoise, green glass and pearls. It was made in Sultanpur, Kulu, and was collected for the V&A by Caspar Purdon Clarke during a purchasing trip to India in 1881-1882. It was probably made not long before it was acquired. This is a modest example of Kulu nose pendants, which were recorded in the late 19th century as being made in extravagant sizes. In these cases, they required a complex system of pulley-like supports to spread the weight across the ears or hair. This type of nose ornament would have been worn by married or unmarried women, though never by widows, and was usually made of gold.

Physical description

Gold or gilt metal nose ring (bulak).

Place of Origin

Kulu, India (made)


ca. 1880 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Gold or gilt metal set with turquoise and pearl simulants, green glass and seed pearls


Length: 9.1 cm, Width: 3.7 cm

Descriptive line

Nose ornament, gold set with turquoises and decorated with pendants, Kulu, c.1880

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

Susan Stronge, Nima Smith and J.C. Harle, A Golden Treasury. Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent, V&A/Mapin Publishing Pvt., 1988, cat. 61, p. 67. Barnard, Nick. ‘Indian Jewellery : The V&A Collection’. London : V&A Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9781851774838, page 17, pl.1.8.

Exhibition History

A Golden Treasury. (Cartwright Hall, Bradford 01/01/1988-31/12/1988)

Production Note

Himachal Pradesh


Pearl; Gilt metal; Turquoise; Green glass




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