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Centerpiece from an Armlet (Bazuband) later made into a Brooch

Object Name:
Armlet centerpiece
Date:
18th–19th century
Geography:
Northern India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Gold, inset with rubies, emeralds, and colorless sapphires; with later pearls, diamonds, onyx
Dimensions:
L. 3-3/4 in. W. 2 in.
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.118
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Armbands, called bazubands in Persian, were known in ancient Iran and India. Worn by both men and women, they appear in Mughal paintings of courtly life. This centerpiece of an armband consists of emeralds, colorless sapphires, and very fine rubies arranged in three flower-like groupings. When the armband was transformed into a brooch by Cartier (Paris), rows of pearls were added to its original form.
Marking: Cartier
George and Florence Blumenthal, New York (until 1941; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 68, p. 125, ill. (color).

Pal, Pratapaditya. Romance of the Taj Mahal. London; Los Angeles: Thames and Hudson, 1989-1991. no. 138, pp. 137-138, ill. fig. 138 (color).

Metropolitan Jewelry. 1991. p. 94, ill. (color).



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