Jewels 1

India, Indonesia, the Far East, The Philippines, Central and South America, Polynesia, China, West Africa

 

Jewellery from several civilizations and time periods,  for its various functions:

ritual, display of social status, to mark a rite of passage, for adornment, pleasure, or fun.

Also for the function of beauty as a generator of happiness and contentment.  The beauty not only of the object itself but also of the exquisite workmanship. 

All jewellery in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, NY and some in an exhibition in the winter of 2018:  The Body Transformed

Everyone smiles here in the moments when they are not reading a museum label. Even when they are.

 

 

Central and South America

 

 

Gold ear spools, 100 BC to 800 AD, Colombia

 

 

Headdress with face wearing ear and nose ornaments, gold, 1st to 7th centuries, Colombia

 

 

Pectoral with face and nose ornaments, gold, 1st to 7th centuries, Colombia

 

 

 

Ear flares, 3rd to the 7th century, Peru (Moche) of hammered gold, tuquoise, sodalite and shell inlay.

 

 

Crescent nose ornament, gold, Colombia, 1st to the 7th centuries

 

 

Nose ornament with shrimp, gold, silver, stone, 6th to 7th century, Moche, Peru

 

 

 

Funerary mask, 9th-11th century, Peru (Sican) of hammered gold, cinnabar, copper overlays

 

 

Visitors circulating in the gallery, smiled except when they were concentrating

 

 

Collar with Spondylus shell beads with black stone beads and cotton, 12th to the 14th century, Chimu, Peru

 

 

Lip ornament, 1300-1521, gold, Aztec

 

 

 

Crown of the Andes:  Crown of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, gold repousse and chased, emeralds; c. 1660 (diadem) and c. 1770 (arches).  Popoyan, Colombia

 

 

 

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Shell breastplate with dolphins an frigate bird, Tridactna shell, turtleshell, trade cloth, fiber, late 19th-early 20th century; Pacific Islander, Santa and Solomon Islands

 

 

 

Mask with frigate bird, mid-to-late 19th century; cassowary feathers, turtle shell, fiber, resin, shell, paint.  Pacific Islands

 

 

 

Neck and chest ornament, shell, beads, fiber, metal, 20th century.  Northern Luzon Island, Philippines

 

 

 

Ear ornaments with tiki figures, early 19th century, white ivory, Marquesas Islands, Polynesia

 

 

Engraved pearl shell with ocher, late 19th and early 20th century, Western Australia

 

 

 

Necklace, whale tooth, coconut fiber.  Fiji, 19th century

 

 

Bronze bracelet, 300 BC to AD 200, Thailand

 

 

India, Indonesia

 

 

 

Earrings with royal emblems of elephants and tigers, gold, Ist century BC; Andra Pradesh

 

 

 

Woman of the Court dressed as an Idealized Beauty, attributed to Ramji, Jaipur, Rajasthan, late 18th century; opaque watercolour, silver and gold

 

 

 

Jade sword handle, 18th-19th century, Mughal period; jade (nephrite) with gold and stone inlays

 

 

 

Tiger-claw necklace, gold, garnets, blue and yellow sapphires, emerals, rubies, diamonds, pearls, corals, turquoise, cats eyes, turquoise, spinels, tiger claws. Tamil Nadu, Mughal or early British period; c. 19th century

 

 

 

Jhela (hair ornament), gold, glass; 18th-19th century; Kashmir, Punjab or Rajasthan, Mughal period

 

 

 

Carved emerald later made into a brooch; emerald with later addition of emeralds, sapphires and platinum.  Mughal period, 17th century; setting by Cartier, NY (founded France 1847) c. 1920

 

 

 

Necklace with rubies, diamonds, gold, imitation emeralds (colourless rock crystal over green foil), pearls.  Punjab or Rajasthan, Mughal period

 

 

 

Dancing celestial deity,  sandstone, early12th century, Uttar Pradesh

 

 

 

Thali (marriage necklace), gold later strung on black thread, late 19th century, Tamil Nadu, India

 

 

Armband with face, gold, early 10th century

 

 

Gold ear ornaments, Javanese, Indonesia, 8th to early 10th century

 

 

 

Gold necklace, Javanese, Indonesia, late 9th or early 10th centuries

 

 

Mamuli (ear ornament or pendant), 19th century, Sumba Island, Indonesia

 

 

Marranga pendant, gold,19th-early 20th century, Sumba Island, Indonesia

 

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Gold earrings in front, end of 5th century, Korean, Gaya Federation, Three Kingdoms period

 

 

 

 

Headdress with phoenixes and flowers, gold, rubies, pearls, cat’s eyes, iron,  Ming dynasty, 16th-17th centuries, China

 

 

 

 

West Africa

 

 

Hip ornament with face, 16th-17th centuries, Edo Peoples, brass, Nigeria

 

 

 

Ivory bracelet with mudfish and heads of Portuguese traders, ivory copper?. 16th-17th centuries.  Edo Peoples, Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria

 

 

 

Bracelet, ivory, wood or coconut shell, 17th-19th centuries, Kingdom of Owo, Yoruba Peoples

 

 

 

Bracelets, 17th-18th centuries, brass.  Edo Kingdom, Benin, Nigeria

 

 

 

Head of an ‘iyoba’ (queen mother) wearing coral crown and collar, brass, iron, 18th-19th centuries.  Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria

 

 

 

Soul Washer’s Badge, gold, 18th/19thcentury. Ashanti, Ghana.  Loaned by a private collector to this museum

 

 

Armband with car, silver, 19th and 20th centuries. Fon Peoples, Dahomey Kingdom, Republic of Benin

 

 

Headdress, 19th and 20th centuries, wood, hide, metal, bone, paint, Ejagham Peoples, lower Cross River, Nigeria

 

 

Brooch, 19th-20th century, silver, Dahomey Kingdom, Republic of Benin

 

 

Pendant with head, gold, 19th to mid-20th centuries.  Baule Peoples, central Cote d’Ivoire

Pendant with crocodiles, gold 19th-20th centuries.  Lagoon Peoples, Cote d’Ivoire

 

 

 

Gold beads, 19th-mid-20th century, gold and copper alley.  Baule or Lagoon Peoples. Cote d’Ivoire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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