Thewa (Pierced Gold Foil on Glass)

A complex, lengthy process of fusing pierced 23K gold foil and coloured, molten glass. The gold is pierced into the shape of patterns or scenes.

Workmanship of families, father to son, in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, India.

 

A process worked out in the very early 18th century, the exquisite excellence of this work has been widely recognized.

 

 

 

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Necklace with hunting scenes, c. 1850 CE.  Pratapgarh, Rajasthan.

Philadelphia Art Museum 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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