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  • Place of origin:

    Dholpur (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, set with diamonds

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Indian-made bracelet is enamelled on the outside in translucent royal blue, a popular colour in Victorian England and an example of British influence on Indian enamel at this time. The inside is enamelled with a scroll of red flowers and green leaves on a white ground, with red and green parrots and pigeons pecking the leaves with translucent yellow or green beaks. Indian ornaments often had beautiful enamel work on the inside, which protected the soft gold from being gradually abraded by contact with the wearer's skin.

This piece was bought for the Great Exhibition and may have been specifically made for it or it may have been purchased simply as a good example of existing work of this kind.

Physical description

Bracelet in three hinged sections, enamelled gold set with diamonds.

Place of Origin

Dholpur (possibly, made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, set with diamonds


Length: 5 cm each link, Height: 2.4 cm each link, Length: 39.5 cm whole object

Object history note

Acquired from the Great Exhibition of 1851, London, as 'modern' work from Dholpur

Descriptive line

Bracelet, enamelled, Rajasthan (possibly Dholpur), India, about 1850

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

STRONGE, Susan, Nima Smith and James Harle, A Golden Treasury. Jewellery from the Indian subcontinent, London, 1988, catalogue number 85, p.90
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. 130-131
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.
Nick Barnard; Indian Jewellery and nineteenth century Britain; evolving patterns of re-use; ch. 5 and pl. 5.5
Re-use: The Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety [Elektronisk resurs]. Sage Publications, 2012
p. 8, fig. 1.14, cat. 23 and p. 527
Bryant, Julius and Weber, Susan; John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London Newhaven: Yale University Press, 2017

Production Note

Rajasthan, India


Jewellery; Metalwork; Gemstones


South & South East Asia Collection

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