On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of South Asia, 2nd floor
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).
Nephrite, diamonds, gold
1 3/16 x 9/16 x 1 3/4 in. (3 x 1.4 x 4.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift in honor of the Guennol Collection by Benjamin Zucker
Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Benjamin Zucker of New York, NY; 1998, gift of Benjamin Zucker to the Brooklyn Museum.
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.43_transp4531.jpg)
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