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Silver ankle bracelet Bracelet

This is a bracelet. It is dated 18th century and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is chased silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

While silversmiths made jewelry for the rich and the poor, lower castes were confined to silver pieces such as this ankle bracelet, often worn by males and females in layers that completed head-to-toe ornamentation. Bells, intended to frighten away evil spirits, lent a musical effect.

This object was donated by Paul Manheim. It is credited Gift of Paul Manheim.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Bangle (India)
  • gold band, glass "gem".
  • Gift of Mrs. Max Farrand.
  • 1953-143-7
  • Bracelet (India)
  • gold, enamel, garnets.
  • Gift of H.H. Princess Niloufer of Turkey and Hyderabad.
  • 1994-119-6

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 4 x 12.5 cm (1 9/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Silver ankle bracelet Bracelet; India; chased silver; H x diam.: 4 x 12.5 cm (1 9/16 x 4 15/16 in.); Gift of Paul Manheim; 1967-92-20

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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