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Elephant Bangle

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of South Asia, 2nd floor

Enamel on gold is a landmark of Indian art, and this bangle epitomizes the work of Benares enamellers, characterized by pink and white flowers, from about 1780 to the early nineteenth century. A piece of jewelry such as this would have been a prized luxury item worn by a man.

MEDIUM Gold with enamel, diamonds, rubies
DATES 18th–19th century
DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 × 3 3/4 in. (9.5 × 9.5 cm) inner diameter: 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm) outer diameter: 3 15/16 in. (10 cm) mount: 11 1/2 × 3 5/8 × 2 1/4 in. (29.2 × 9.2 × 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchase gift of Samuel S. and Diane P. Stewart
PROVENANCE Prior provenance not yet documented; by at least 2004, acquired by the Lall Family Collection, Agra, India; by 2005, acquired by Vikash Lall, London, United Kingdom; 2005, purchased from Vikash Lall by the Brooklyn Museum.
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MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Arts of South Asia, 2nd floor
CAPTION Elephant Bangle, 18th–19th century. Gold with enamel, diamonds, rubies, 3 3/4 × 3 3/4 in. (9.5 × 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Samuel S. and Diane P. Stewart, 2005.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2005.2_side1_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE profile, 2005.2_side1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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