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18th–19th century
Attributed to India, Jaipur
Gold, enamel; with pearls, emeralds, quartz, and rubies
L. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm) W. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. A. Sellon, 1964
Accession Number:
Not on view
This bracelet from Jaipur, a city known for its enamelwork, has a wide enameled clasp decorated with birds and flowers. Matching ornamented gold bars alternate with grouped rows of seed pearls to form the band. The screw and cylinder clasp of the bracelet, rarely found in other Islamic traditions, was commonly used in Mughal and later Indian jewelry.
Mrs. J. A. Sellon, Portchester, NY (until 1964; gifted to MMA)
New York. American Museum of Natural History. "Pearls," October 13, 2001–April 14, 2002.

Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History. "Pearls," June 28, 2002–January 5, 2003.

Atlanta. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. "Pearls," March 22, 2003–July 13, 2003.

Houston. Houston Museum of Natural Science. "Pearls," September 27, 2003–January 18, 2004.

Midland, MI. Midland Center for the Arts. "Pearls," March 13, 2004–July 18, 2004.

Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum. "Pearls," September 18, 2004–January 9, 2005.

Milwaukee. Milwaukee Public Museum. "Pearls," March 5, 2005–June 26, 2005.

Tokyo. National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo. "Pearls," October 1, 2005–January 15, 2006.

London. Natural History Museum of London. "Pearls," April 7, 2006–October 15, 2006.

Landman, Neil H. Pearls: a Natural History. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001.

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