TA ASA REVIEW VOLUME 31 NO.2 – TAASA Review June 2022
as well as to the persistent attraction of the Mughal aesthetic.
The diamond shaped pendant illustrated is a stylised abstraction of a multi-armed female goddess contained within a minutely worked granulated perimeter attached to an ornate clasp. Flower motifs are used in many of these pendants not simply as decoration, but also as symbols of fertility.
Popular jewels are necklaces with several units in the form of mangoes or jasmine flower buds or the fragrant buds of the evergreen champa tree (magnolia) given as offerings to Shiva. Thalis are the propitious gold or silver marriage ornaments given to a bride at her wedding, with different forms indicating the wearer’s affiliation to a particular religion, sect or cast...