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  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    2nd quarter of the 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold partly chased and stained with tamarind juice set with diamonds.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 15

Physical description

Formed with a tube - closed at one end with a rosette mounted with 18 diamonds and at the other a rosette surrounded by scrolling patterns in low relief.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


2nd quarter of the 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Gold partly chased and stained with tamarind juice set with diamonds.

Object history note

Originally a pair 1 written off RP/58/26817

Descriptive line

Burmese gold and diamond nga-daung (earplug), Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885), ca. 2nd quarter of the 19th century.

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

Nandagopal, Choodamani. "Burmese Jewellery From The Collection of The V&A".
in The Art of Burma - New Studies; ed. Donald M. Stadtner
Marg Publications, Mumbai 1999. 178p. ill

Labels and date

Ear Plugs
Konbaung period
Ear plugs or ear tubes were worn as an adornment by all levels
of Burmese society. Royalty and the nobility would have used
ones made of precious materials such as these.
Gold and diamonds
Green jade
Burma (probably Amarapura or Ava (now Inwa))
Acquired by the East India Company Museum in 1855
Museum nos. 03156&a (IS), 03172 (IS) [14/06/2011]


Diamonds; Gold; Tamarind juice


Chasing; Gem

Production Type



South & South East Asia Collection

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