Lot n° 91
12000 - 15000
Ornement de tête (Jadanagam) en or serti de rubis, d'émeraudes et de diamants
South India, early 19th century
In the form of an upright royal Cobra head, overhanging its coiled body. Krishna, in the center, dancing and playing the flute, subdues the serpent Kaliya. The face of Krishna in emerald glass. The back of the jewel delicately chiseled and guilloched, with a snake scale pattern. The lower border is trimmed with gold bell pearls, the upper border is trimmed with tassel pearls, one missing. Two hanging rings and two side holes. In its case, two small diamonds and a fine pearl are missing. Some gold bells deformed (44 g.).
H. 6.5 cm; L. 5 cm
Private collection, South Finistère, France.
The cobra head in relief represents the immortal Hindu god Sheshnag who protects the fluted Krishna. The finely incised gold reverse depicts the bodies of the snakes uniting in a twisted tail, with dragon heads pushed back on either side. Another ornament (Nagar) was sold at Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, London, April 5, 2011, lot 345. A similar piece of jewelry from the Barbara Hutton collection was sold at Coutau-Bégarie, Mobilier, Objets d'art, Peintures, Paris, May 30, 2012, lot 260.
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