Pair of Anklets

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The anklets, which have two bud terminals, are enamelled in a spectrum in which pink, a colour introduced by eighteenth-century craftsmen from Kabul who had learned the craft from Persian enamellers, is prominent. This was a speciality of nineteenth-century Benares. The pink motifs, normally flowers and buds, were painted on white enamel with brushes made from squirrel-tail fur. By the 1880s the craft was almost non-existent and the last great Benares enameller, Babbu Singh, died in 1923. The inner surfaces of the anklets are enamelled on a gold ground with scrolling foliage incorporating wild roses and rose buds. The green outer surface has painted enamel buds and rock crystals set in kundan, with the occasional small serrated leaf reserved in gold.

The Khalili Collections



Pair of Anklets


19th C


gold on a lac core, enamelled & set with rock crystals in gold kundan

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The Khalili Collections

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