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.