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Hand Ornament with Finger Loops and Bracelet (Hathphul)

Object Name:
Hand ornament
Date:
18th–19th century
Geography:
Attributed to Northern India
Medium:
Gold; inset with rubies, emeralds and colorless sapphires
Dimensions:
L. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.116
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
This type of hand ornament, called a hathphul (hand flower), is an ancient form of jeweled ornament in India, dating back to the seventh or eighth century BC. In this piece, two finger rings are linked to a bracelet by decorative chains. Flowers and animals composed of rubies, emeralds, and jargons (white sapphires) form the primary decorative scheme of the work.
George and Florence Blumenthal, New York (until 1941; gifted to MMA)
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 137, pp. 318-319, ill. p. 319 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 65, p. 122, ill. (b/w).



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