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Gold & Pearl Tikka Pendant
Jaipur, India
18th-19th century

length: 5.2cm, weight: 15.56g

This pendant was traditional worn on the forehead but now can more routinely be worn as a pendant from a necklace. It is of enamelled gold and inset with
ruby and zircon cabochons. The zircons are backed with green foil.

Seven baroque pearls are suspended from the ornament.

The reverse of the ornament is decorated in cream, red and green enamel with Mughal-inspired floral motifs.

One of related form is illustrated in Stronge
et al (1988, p. 57).

The pendant dates to the 18th century and possibly to the early 19th century. There is some degradation to the foil backing on the stones and some wear to
the gold elsewhere. But it is stable and wearable.

References:
Stronge, S., N. Smith & J.C. Harle, A Golden Treasury: Jewellery from the Indian Subcontinent, Victoria & Albert Museum/Mapin Publishing, 1988.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 3517 SOLD

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