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Cast Brass Toe Ring
India, probably Uttar Pradesh
18th century

height: 4.2cm, length: 4cm, weight: 38.6g

This impressive ring is cast with what appears to be two traditional dwelling huts or grain stacks with a central bridge. The 'huts' and bridge are topped with
bud-like finials. The sides are decorated with plaited bands.

The hollow-cast 'huts' contain small stones or pieces of metal so that the ring rings when the toe or foot is moved.

The ring here has substantial wear and a dark-chocolate patina. The underside is marked with an old collection inventory number.

A less detailed example is in the Victoria & Albert Museum and illustrated in Barnard (2008, p. 38). It has little patina and was acquired by the museum in 1872.

Barnard, N.,
Indian Jewellery, V&A Publishing, 2008.

Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

Inventory no.: 1872

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