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- Previous Owner(s)
Mallett at Bourdon House Limited
Since ancient times, gold in India was understood to have a positive and purifying effect on its wearer. Equally potent is the reference to snakes encoded within the geometry of these tribal earrings, known as pambadam (pambu means serpent in Tamil). Each form-sphere, cone, arch, circle, and trefoil-has the name of a part of the serpent's anatomy. In Hindu tradition, snakes are recognized as protectors of deities and guardians of treasures. Such earrings are still worn by village women in the southern part of Tamil Nadu.
- Published References
- Dr. Carol R. Bolon Mrs. Amita Sarin. Metaphors in Gold: The Jewelry of India. vol. 6, no. 4 New York, Fall 1993. pp. 25-26, fig. 8.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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