Hand Or Foot Piece (India), probably 19th century
Worn on the hands or feet with the large central ornament resting in the palm or instep, this jewelry would have enhanced traditional dancers’ movements. Indian dance relies heavily on hand and foot flourishes, with each carrying its own meaning or connotation, so this light-catching silver accessory would have drawn attention to these areas of the body in motion.
This object was
Miss Frances Morris.
It is credited
Gift of Frances Morris.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 20.4 x 18.5 x 1.5 cm (8 1/16 x 7 5/16 x 9/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Hand Or Foot Piece (India), probably 19th century; silver; H x W x D: 20.4 x 18.5 x 1.5 cm (8 1/16 x 7 5/16 x 9/16 in.); Gift of Frances Morris; 1951-111-91