Garland of berries

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Historical period(s)
late 19th-early 20th century
Medium
Gold, double berries, silver, diamonds and rubies
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 10.6 x 6.8 cm (4 3/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Geography
India, Tamil Nadu
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1990.8
On View Location
Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Jewelry

Keywords
India, Nandi, Parvati, piercing, Shiva, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Donald J. Wineman

Label

This sumptuous garland features double rudraksha seeds from the utrasam tree (Eleocarpus ganitrus), sacred to the Hindu god Shiva, alternating with gold spacer beads. Its elaborate clasp contains a tiny figure of the goddess Parvati and the strands terminate in a gold image of the bull Nandi, Shiva's vehicle. A large pendant gold casket, empty today, most likely contained a small portable linga (an abstract symbol of the god Shiva), perhaps of crystal or gold, as well as sacred ashes.

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. 10-12, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum