Diadem with Kinnaris (Half-Bird, Half-Female Creatures)
India (Jammu & Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
Gold inset with garnet
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm); W. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)
Gift of Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1988
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
This three-piece repoussé diadem is a rare example of early Indian jewelry. Four kinnaris—half-bird, half-female celestial celebrants—dominate the design. It was probably made in Kashmir, judging by the likeness of the kinnaris to those depicted on the ninth-century temple of Avantisvamin at Avantipur, Kashmir.