Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Gifts of Grandeur: An Indian Turban Ornament, 1800-1850

Turban Ornament
Jaipur, 1800-1850
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Made between 1800 and 1850, this ornament was designed to be worn on a man’s turban. It’s likely that such a fine jewel would have been made for the Maharaja of Jaipur in Rajasthan by the royal workshop. Jewelers in Jaipur have long been celebrated for their high-quality, thin enamels. 

The ornament is made in the form of a peacock—an unusual motif for the era. Some speculate that rather than for the regent, the ornament was made for a ceremonial figure of the deity Krishna whose attribute is the peacock. 

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