Bazuband (Armband), One of a Pair, Gold, enamel, and precious stones

Bazuband (Armband), One of a Pair

Object Name:
late 18th–19th century
Attributed to India, Punjab or Rajasthan
Gold, enamel, and precious stones
Ornament: H. 2-1/4" (5.7 cm)
W. 3-5/8" (9.3 cm)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
Bazubands, worn on the upper bicep, were an important element in a suite of jewelry worn by men. This object and its mate (15.95.40/1) have been fabricated from gold and a number of gemstones which have been set in kundan style and foiled on the backside. Using foil on the underside of a set stone was a common technique which enhanced the color of the jewel, but can deteriorate over time, as in here. The verso of this pair has been beautifully enameled in white, red, green, and gold—a traditional palette from Jaipur.
Lockwood de Forest (American), New York (until 1915; sold to MMA)
Untracht, Oppi. India: A Jewelry Spectrum. New York: Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, 1998. no. 370, p. 62.