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Bracelet

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Made in India, Pratapgarh, Rajasthan
Medium:
Pierced gold foil over glass (thewa work)
Dimensions:
W. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm) L. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Harry G. Friedman, 1960
Accession Number:
60.159
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Using a technique called thewa, the maker of this bracelet carved scenes of Hindu subjects and animals out of a delicate sheet of gold foil that was then fused to green glass. According to reports recounted by craftsmen in the district of Pratapgarh (in Rajasthan) where the bracelet was made, this technique originated there in 1767, when it was developed by a goldsmith named Nathuni Sonewalla. Passed down from one generation to the next, the process remained a closely guarded secret until the twentieth century.
Harry G. Friedman, New York (until 1960; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.

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