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

Object Name:
Armlet centerpiece
18th–19th century
Attributed to Northern India
Gold, inset with rubies, emeralds, and colorless sapphires; with later pearls, diamonds, onyx
L. 3-3/4 in. W. 2 in.
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
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)
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," December 17, 1989–March 11, 1990, no. 138.

Toledo, OH. Toledo Museum of Art. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," April 28, 1990–June 24, 1990, no. 138.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," August 23, 1990–November 25, 1990, no. 138.

Greenwich, CT. Bruce Museum. "Unearthing the Allure of Gems," April 26, 2003–September 7, 2003, not in catalogue.

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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