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Archer's Ring

Asian Art

In seventeenth- and eighteenth-century India, archer's rings were made primarily for ceremonial use and as royal gifts. Decorating them with a network of gold filigree tendrils inset with precious stones was a popular technique, especially during Shah Jahan's reign (1627–1658). The gemstones, often carved to highlight their brilliance, were imported from distant countries (emeralds from Colombia; rubies from Thailand or Burma).

MEDIUM Nephrite, diamonds, gold
DATES 17th century
DIMENSIONS 1 3/16 x 9/16 x 1 3/4 in. (3 x 1.4 x 4.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.43
CREDIT LINE Gift in honor of the Guennol Collection by Benjamin Zucker
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Archer's Ring, 17th century. Nephrite, diamonds, gold, 1 3/16 x 9/16 x 1 3/4 in. (3 x 1.4 x 4.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift in honor of the Guennol Collection by Benjamin Zucker, 1998.43. Creative Commons-BY
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Archers Ring