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Nine-Gem (Navaratna) Talismanic Bracelet, One of a Pair

Object Name:
19th century
Northern India
Gold, enamel; inset with turquoise, chrysoberyl, sapphire, topaz, hyacinth, ruby, emerald, diamond, coral, pearl
L. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
Talismanic and astrological attributions of gems and stones have a deep history in the Indian subcontinent. In the navaratna (nine gems) series, specific precious gems each relate to one of the nine planets of the astrological system. This bracelet is composed of ten gems in a variation of the traditional grouping, and the back of each setting is enameled with a four-petalled blossom in green.
Lockwood de Forest (American, New York 1850–1932 Santa Barbara, California), New York (until 1915; sold to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 67, p. 124, ill. (color).

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