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The art of Indian jewellery

jeudi 27 avril 2017

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  • Ornement de turban (sarpûsh), Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques
    Turban ornaments (sarpûsh), Paris, Musée Guimet – National Museum of Asian Arts
    Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier
  • Bracelet, Royaume-Uni, Londres, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Bracelet, United Kingdom, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Photo (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Buste de femme, Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques
    Female torso, Paris, Musée Guimet - National Museum of Asian Arts
    Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Daniel Arnaudet
  • Ornement frontal, Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques
    Front ornament, Paris, Musée Guimet - National Museum of Asian Arts
    Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier
  • Le mois de Jyestha (mai-juin), Royaume-Uni, Londres, British Museum
    Jyestha Month (May-June), United Kingdom, London, British Museum
    Photo (C) The British Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / The Trustees of the British Museum
  • Collier, Royaume-Uni, Londres, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Necklace, United Kingdom, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Photo (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Paire de boucles d'oreille, Royaume-Uni, Londres, Victoria and Albert Museum
    A pair of earrings, United Kingdom, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Photo (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Portrait Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, Royaume-Uni, Londres, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Portrait of Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, United Kingdom, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Photo (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Collier, Royaume-Uni, Londres, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Necklace, United Kingdom, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Photo (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Le maharajah Shair Sing, Anonyme, Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques
    Maharajah Shair Sing, Anonymous, Paris, Musée Guimet – National Museum of Asian Arts
    Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Droits réservés
  • Collier à neuf pendentifs, Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques
    Necklace with nine pendants, Paris, Musée Guimet – National Museum of Asian Arts
    Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier
  • Album Small Clive, Anonyme, Royaume-Uni, Londres, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Small Clive Album, United Kingdom, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Photo (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Bracelet rigide, Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques
    Rigid bracelet, Paris, Musée Guimet – National Museum of Asian Arts
    Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée Guimet, Paris) / Thierry Ollivier

Enriched with collections from many museums, our agency counts magnificent Indian jewellery among their resources.

It is said that in India a jewel is vested with the power of gods and goddesses. It is associated with wealth, social status, affiliation to a cast, as well as beauty. 
Divinities, men and women are widely represented in the paintings, low relief motives and miniatures that are lavishly adorned with tiaras, necklaces, earrings, nose rings, anklets.
In Indian culture, jewellery is offered right from birth, depending on the gender of the child. Their value and number differs depending on the social environment and state of origin. Maharajahs wore exceptional jewellery. Women were offered jewellery when getting married, which they could only remove upon the death of their spouses.
We invite you to admire some examples of this art from the northern part influenced by the Mughals and blending gold with gemstones, and perfected by artisans from Rajasthan gifted in the art of glazing.