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Antique Vintage earrings gold glass South India parrots lion masks jumkha (7244)

Antique Vintage earrings gold glass South India parrots lion masks jumkha (7244)

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Antique / vintage earrings. 12k gold and glass with beads. Made in a South Indian state such as Karnataka or Tamil Nadu. Age is not possible to define, but between 70 and 150 years old.
A similar pair is to be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and is dated 1880 (see photos).

Measurements: Weight is 21.4 grams. Approximately 1 5/8th inch (4cm) top to bottom.

Description : Named for the parrots they depict, the top, triangular section of these earrings are known as gili ole and originate in Karnataka. This example is particularly beautiful, with fine 12k gold work. The domed, central cone with granulated flower at it's tip is surrounded by a ring of flowers composed of gold granulations. The apex of the triangular form has a marvellous mask, depicting the lion monster, Kirtimukha, created by the god Shiva. On either side, the base of the triangle has a moulded parrot, the tail running up the sides towards the apex. The bottom cone, composed of concentric rings of petals has a bright red glass gem at its center.
This pair of parrot-earrings has further adornment in the form of 3 bells/umbrella shapes suspended via simple metal/silver loops that allow them to swing independently of one another, as the wearer moves. (Bell earrings called jumkha). Gently sloping with concentric rings, they end in a fringe of beads. The beads are too small for us to test and so presumed to be glass. The largest bell is in the center. Each bell has a bright red, glass dangle/clapper, suspended from loops.
Back view: loops on the top indicate the possibility of adding on another section to these already ornate earrings. Conical 'posts' unscrew. (see pictures for clarification).
These earrings are in their original condition and have not been altered for modern ears.

South Indian jewelry often depicts both the grotesque mask, Kirtimukha and exotic birds.
In Western culture, pairs of birds were often used to symbolise true love and marriage.

Marks and Metal: No marks. Metal was electronically tested as 12k gold. Loops are not gold.

Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age and use. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
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