Diadem with Kinnaris (Half-Bird, Half-Female Creatures)

India (Jammu & Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237

This three-piece repoussé diadem is a rare example of early Indian jewelry. Four kinnaris—half-bird, half-female celestial celebrants—dominate the design. It was probably made in Kashmir, judging by the likeness of the kinnaris to those depicted on the ninth-century temple of Avantisvamin at Avantipur, Kashmir.

Diadem with Kinnaris (Half-Bird, Half-Female Creatures), Gold inset with garnet, India (Jammu & Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)

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