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Pair of Woman’s Silver & Turquoise Earrings
Central Tibet
19th century

heights: 5cm, diameter of hoops: 3.2cm, combined weight: 59g

This pair of earrings would have been worn by a woman (men wore similar earrings but only a single earring; never as pairs). Each comprises a silver loop of
thick, 'pearled' wire with a triangular-shaped bezel inset with four large turquoise plaques surrounded by granulation work and chasing.

Both earrings are in fine condition. They have a fine patina and obvious age. The turquoise is not all the same shade of green/blue. Possibly, one or two
plaques are later replacements (which would not be unusual), or the turquoise has aged at different rates.

References:
Clarke, J., Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas, V&A Publications, 2004.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4195

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