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Bracelet with Makara Head Terminals

Object Name:
19th century
Made in India, Jaipur
Enamel, gold; set with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and agate
3 in. (7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Fanny A. Smith, 1931
Accession Number:
Not on view
The terminals of this kada (bracelet) are in the form of the makara, a sea creature derived from Hindu mythology that is a hybrid of the Indian water crocodile and, in this example, an elephant. Attached by pins, they can be separated from the band to allow the wearer to remove the bracelet, which is made of champlevé enamel and gold set with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sardonyxes.
Fanny A. Smith, New York (until d. 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.

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