Ring stone with goddesses and aquatic plants

Northern India

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999

Recent finds of gold foil alongside finely carved discs suggest ring and disc stones were jewelers’ molds. Their designs incorporate honeysuckle and lotus, signs of auspiciousness and abundance. The Hellenized honeysuckle, introduced to India from Persia, had a popular local equivalent, the snake flower (nagapuspa).

Ring stone with goddesses and aquatic plants, Steatite, Northern India

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