One from a Pair of Ear Ornaments (Prakaravapra Kundala)

India, Andhra Pradesh

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 234

This spectacular pair of earrings is a rare survival of ancient Indian goldsmithing, much of which was repurposed by later generations. Double-ended tendrils such as these, passed through distended earlobes, are referred to in the ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata as being worn by the hero Arjuna while in female disguise. The same style of jewelry is frequently depicted in early Satavahana sculpture. Together with gemstone and ivory carvers, potters, and weavers, goldsmiths were an important part of early India’s craft guild structure, and inscriptions often name them as donors to Buddhist causes. The only other examples of this ear ornament type were recovered in the Thai peninsula, an indication of early Satavahana trade with Southeast Asia.

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One from a Pair of Ear Ornaments (Prakaravapra Kundala), Gold, sheet, wire and granulation, India, Andhra Pradesh

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